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

Socio-economic concerns don't reflect voter choices. Slogans and cliches distract them.

"Sharing the burden" is stressed. Doing so belies its one-sidedness. Super-rich elites grow richer. Dominant corporations get whatever they want.

Ordinary Israelis suffer at their expense. Among developed countries, Israel, America and Britain are the most unequal. Conditions are getting worse, not better.

Social justice is eroding. It's on the chopping block for elimination. Sink or swim is policy. Israelis are too out of touch to realize how much they're harmed.

Israel has no enemies except ones it invents. Dominant parties stress "security threats." Fear mongering is policy. Doing so distracts. 

At issue is focusing away from lost social benefits, militarism, the rage to privatize, neglected infrastructure needs, eroding labor rights, corruption, and growing despair approaching epidemic levels.

On January 19, the Economist headlined "Which way for Binyamin Netanyahu?"

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It's an "open question whether (he) thinks he can get away with continually cocking a snook at" Western governments, "in particular America's, that have become increasingly frustrated by" peace process failures.

Can Netanyahu shift course, or is "his chief mission".stop(ping) Iran from getting a nuclear weapon?"

Don't bet on it, said the Economist. Peace prospects with Palestinians "look remote. Israel's coming election may make it even more so."

The London Guardian agrees. On January 15, it headlined "Peace process dead if Netanyahu wins Israeli election, academics warn."

It doesn't matter whether he chooses ultra-nationalists or centrists as partners. Peace process hypocrisy is official policy. Palestinians never had a legitimate partner.

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Amnon Aran is City University of London senior lecturer. Important factors subvert peace, he said.

"Netanyahu has stated very clearly that he is adopting a wait-and-see policy." He won't make concessions. He prioritizes other concerns.

"By and large".there isn't much hope."

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