Israel's Fascist Government
by Stephen Lendman
Israelis elected their most extremist government in history.
On January 22, Israelis voted. Results hardened fascist rule. Dominant right-wing parties control 102 of 120 Knesset seats.
Israelis have themselves to blame. They elected their most extremist government in history. Belligerence, state-sponsored terrorism, militarized occupation, racist persecution, settlement expansions, and neoliberal harshness reflect official policy.
No party won a majority. Weeks of negotiations followed. Expect coalition partners to be announced shortly.
Netanyahu remains Mrime Minister. He'll serve as Foreign Minister. He'll do so pending the outcome of Avigdor Lieberman's trial. He's charged with fraud and breach of trust. Ze'ev Elkin appears set to become Deputy Foreign Minister.
Netanyahu presides over 22 ministers. Eight deputy ones join them. They represent Israel's smallest government in decades.
Coalition partners include Netanyahu's Likud/Yisrael Beteinu, Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid, and Naftali Bennett's Habayit Yayehudi. Tzipi Livni's Hatnuah had token participation. Together they won 67 of 120 Knesset seats.
They reflect hardline extremism. They're ideologically over the top. They represent what demands condemnation.
Netanyahu's a world class thug. He spurns rule of law principles. He abhors democratic values. He prioritizes stealing all valued Palestinian land. He deplores peace. He calls pursuing it a waste of time.
Habayit Hayehudi's slogan is "Something new is beginning." It reflects extremist Likud/Yisrael Beiteinu's ideology. Other hardline secular and religious parties hold similar views.
Bennett's militantly hardline. He's anti-democratic. He deplores progressive activism. He wants non-Jews excluded from Israel.
He says Palestinians don't exist. He's against employers hiring "foreigners." He calls them "infiltrators," a "time bomb."
Lapid's more showman than politician. He's more con man than legitimate. He's shallow and disingenuous. He ducks tough questions.
He's more image and mirage than real. Haaretz calls him a "notorious wannabe, ignorant and callous." He's a ne-er-do-well. He misstates facts. He combines showmanship, bravado and kitsch.