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State terror will remain policy. So will neoliberal harshness. Hard times will get harder. Regional war perhaps looms. 

Military strength will be prioritized. Iran is targeted. It's falsely called an existential threat. Syria boils across the border. Occupation harshness continues. Gaza remains isolated under siege.

Most Israelis turn a blind eye to what matters most. They'll vote opposite their interests.

A January 18 Haaretz editorial headlined "Weaken the right."

Do it "to halt Israel's slide into political isolation, fascism and apartheid."

Netanyahu caused "serious damage." Belligerence, occupation harshness, expanding settlements, and spurning peace reflect official policy.

"The result (is) intense international isolation, a rift in the relationship with (America), and a terrifying vision of Israel's future."

Domestic policies reflect "pure nationalism, harassment of (Israeli Arabs), politicization," militarized education, initiatives to weaken Supreme Court authority, and efforts to destroy press freedom and other civil rights.

Israel's dominant right-wing represents the "most radical lists of candidates ever." They threaten fundamental freedoms. 

Reject them, said Haaretz. Marginalized left of center small parties deserve support. Meretz stresses ending occupation harshness. It endorses Palestinian self-determination. It's for strengthening civil rights.

Israel will "be better off if (Israeli Arabs) vote in high numbers and strengthen Hadash, Balad and the United Arab List-Ta'al against right-wing persecution."

Ordinary Israelis and Arab citizens have common interests. Undecided voters must choose wisely. What matters most is clear.

Reject right-wing extremism. "(H)alt Israel's slide into political isolation, fascism and apartheid."

Israelis are as mindless as Americans. Don't bet they'll do the right thing. Polls confirm it. Political rhetoric beguiles them. 

Reason and rational thinking aren't their long suits. Family and other daily priorities matter more than who wins or loses.

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