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Hardening Israeli Fascism

Israel, like America, is heading toward full-blown tyranny.

by Stephen Lendman

Israel's war on Palestine and Israeli Arab citizens reflects it. So does extreme hardline governance. Pre-election polls show Netanyahu's Likud/Yisrael Beiteinu coalition favored to win.

They'll partner with likeminded extremists. Most Israelis remain shockingly indifferent. Many are ideologically supportive. Haaretz sounded the alarm.

On January 3, its editorial headlined "Danger - extreme right," saying:

Naftali Bennett's Habayit (The Jewish Home) shows increasing popular support. Post-election, he may become one of Netanyahu's coalition partners. Increasingly it looks likely.

With Yisrael Beiteinu, Shas and United Torah Judaism, worse than ever right wing extremism will dominate. Current Netanyahu coalition partners support belligerence, neoliberal harshness, and racist hate. So does Naftali Bennett's Habayit Hayehudi party.

"Anyone considering voting for (him) should be aware of his party's official policies," said Haaretz. They reflect racist hate and right wing extremism. They're xenophobic, "ultra-nationalist, anti-democratic and particularly dangerous."

Habayit Hayehudi's slogan is "Something new is beginning." It's the same fascist ideology as Likud/Yisrael Beiteinu and other hardline secular and religious parties.

Independent journalists are targeted. Platform language says:

"We will act to make the Israeli media more balanced, not through legislation, but by exposing the reality."  

Media balancing reflects intimidation and censorship.

"Today most senior media people are on the left side of the political map. That is a distorted situation that harms freedom of expression in the country."

Bennett deplores truth and full disclosure. He opposes left of center journalism. He criticizes all forms of "excessive activism." He's against prosecutorial/judicial efforts short of hardline. 

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