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Hardening Israeli Fascism

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"Yuli Edelstein, Zeev Elkin and Yariv Levin are promising annexation of the West Bank." 

"Naftali Bennett is promising to 'deal with' the media and the Supreme Court." 

"Yair Shamir is promising that no new state will be established 'for a million people.' "

Israel's next government will be ruthlessly hardline. Subterfuge won't disguise it. Moderate participation will be absent. Israelis aren't wise enough to know better. They'll get "what they deserve."

Israel's true face will be more than ever apparent. Will Israelis finally understand? They haven't under Netanyahu/Lieberman. Expect no grand awakening post-election.

Perhaps greater repression will shake them. Levy remains hopeful, saying: 

"When the first busload of expellees crosses the Jordan River, when the first annexation clause is legislated, when Israel's Arab citizens are forbidden to vote, and 60,000 Africans are dragged onto planes, we will have a totally different country here, and the world will respond accordingly."

Perhaps so, but not so far. Decades of US support lets Israel get away with murder. The fullness of time will decide if Washington policy changes. Until then, status quo remains solid.

Perhaps one day Israelis may decide they've had enough. Moderates ask what they're waiting for? Maybe an eventual grand awakening looms.

"We'll see what happens the day after the transfer and the night after the annexation," says Levy. 

"We'll see if we really want to live in a country without journalism, without human rights groups, without the High Court of Justice, without Arabs, without (Palestinian rights), without migrants, and with apartheid as" official policy.

"We'll see what it's like to live in a state that's shunned and boycotted".We'll see if we can even sustain such a state."

Harsher than ever right wing governance will reveal Israel's true face. Change perhaps depends on giving it a chance to follow through on threats, says Levy. 

Once it plays out, he believes, perhaps a new direction is possible. Until then, fascist extremism holds Israel, the region, and perhaps humanity in its grip. Near-term prospects aren't encouraging.

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