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Netanyahu's Apartheid Government

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World opinion was galvanized against apartheid South Africa. It's vital now against Israel.

Arabs are harmed most. So are Israelis. Instead of challenging rogue government, they're largely dismissive.

On January 11, Haaretz quoted comments Oz shared with 30 other academics. He called Netanyahu's government apartheid. He made "angry predictions about its future."

"In my mind," he said, "Netanyahu('s) government is the most anti-Zionist government Israel has ever had. It is doing everything so there will be not two states here, but one." 

"It is striking (Abbas) blow after blow - violent morale blows, financial blows and political blows. It is strengthening Hamas more and more." 

"Perhaps that is the intention, to stop the chance for two states. They believe that Jews can rule over an Arab majority for a long time. No apartheid state in the world has lasted without collapsing after a few years."

In upcoming Israeli elections, Oz rejects major party contenders. He supports Meretz. It's the only one he trusts. 

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It has little public support, Polls suggest it'll gain four of 120 Knesset seats. Its influence is sorely lacking. Israel's left is a shadow of its former self. It's practically non-existent. 

Labor once stood for something it now rejects. It's been "crawling to Likud governments for 15 years now," said Oz.

"It crawled under Shimon Peres. It crawled under Amir Peretz. And what good did it do? How did it slow the rate of settlements?" 

"How did it stop the catastrophe of the abolishment of the state of the Jewish people?"

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Israel under Netanyahu, coalition partners, supportive hardliners, religious extremists, and weak-kneed opposition parties embarrass legitimate governance. 

Upcoming elections are more sham than legitimate. Voters get little choice. Israel's on a fast track to tyranny. Another four years under Netanyahu may institutionalize it.

Israelis are as out of touch with reality as Americans. They're mindless about what's coming.

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