Dominant Israeli Parties Spurn Democracy
Israeli elections solidify a corrupted system.
by Stephen Lendman
Israel never was democratic and isn't now. One-fifth of its citizens are enfranchised in name only. They have no say. Nor do most Jews. More on Israel's election below.
On January 22, Israelis voted. Over 5.6 million were eligible. About 1,000 polling stations accommodated them. In most places, they stayed open until 10PM. Rural areas, small towns, and hospitals closed theirs at 8PM.
Voting required presenting a valid ID, passport or driver's license. Anyone not sure where to go can check. Israel's Central Elections Committee posted relevant information online. A hotline was set up for the same purpose.
Voters further than 20km from assigned polling stations got free rides or public transportation there and back. Tickets were supplied. Getting them required presenting valid IDs or other form of identification.
Specially adapted polling stations accommodated disabled voters. For the first time, Israelis could follow ballot counting online in real time. Special cell phones permitted it.
Within hours after polls close, an estimated 85% of votes were counted. Before end of day January 23, they'll all be. They'll be published as soon as available.
Likud/Yisrael Beiteinu has minority support. It's enough to stay dominant. Coalition partners will be chosen. Negotiations can take days, weeks or at times longer.
Near final results show Likud/Yisrael Beiteinu won 31 of 120 seats. Netanyahu will remain prime minister. He said he'll begin working toward forming "as broad a (coalition) government as possible."
Follow-up reports will explain more.
Money power rules America and other Western societies. Israel chose the same path. Wealth, power and privilege alone matter. Hardline rule is entrenched.
Democracy is more hypocrisy than real. In October 2007, Haaretz contrasted "occupying Land of Israel to the democratic Israel."
It called for "debate about Israel's control over the lives of Palestinians deprived of civil rights....Israeli democracy suffers from an essential flaw." It's more hypocrisy than real.