Fast forward five years. Things today are far worse. Democracy exists for privileged few alone. Inequality, racism, sexism, exploitation, capitalist excess, imperialism, and repressive harshness define policy.
Affording Netanyahu four more years deprives millions of Israelis of their rights. Palestinians have none. Arab citizens are called fifth column threats.
Haaretz contributors had their say. Their concerns reflect crisis conditions becoming graver.
An editorial said "Israelis are being called upon to vote at a time when the country's democracy faces real and present dangers."
Right-wing hardliners are diabolical. Their agenda is clear. They intend "to undermine the state's social and governmental institutions."
Democratic freedoms are threatened. Extremists target "equal rights for all citizens, human rights, the judicial system, freedom of the press, and the right of citizens' groups to operate unhindered."
Voting right-wing "indicates a preference for territories over peace." Doing so undermines "democratic values." Extremists govern Israel. Its future hangs in the balance.
Yehonatan Geffen headlined "This election, there's only one option for Israelis."
Social justice and democratic freedoms depend on ending occupation harshness.
Coalition partners "spread confusion and (disingenuous) populist declarations about social justice and sharing the burden. (They're) like doctors who" lie to their patients.
"Cancer here has been spreading here for" decades. It's "metastasiz(ing)." It's "terminal." Few "will mourn (Israel's) demise."
It's become the "State of Netanyahu," said Yossi Verter . "He controls the broadcast media to a great extent."
He does it directly through the Israel Broadcasting Authority. He has indirect control through commercial television and dominant right-wing publications.
They spread his lies. They propagate his message. They ignore "dark corners" he wants concealed.
Israeli electoral politics reflects America's. Horse race journalism dominates political reporting. Rhetoric substitutes for reality. Issues aren't discussed. Voters are left uninformed in the dark.