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Israelis Vote

Choice excluded from the ballot.

by Stephen Lendman

Twenty-four hours and counting. On Tuesday, January 22, Israelis vote. They're as mindless and out of touch as Americans.

Odds favor hardline extremism. Netanyahu will remain prime minister. Knesset members and cabinet officials will reflect the worst of right-wing government.

Palestinians, regional states, and others have cause for concern. 

Latest poll number show 63% right-wing coalition support. It's comprised of Likud, Yisrael Beiteinu, Habayit Hayehudi, Shas, and Unted Torah Judaism.

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Pollsters asked respondents what issues matter most. Socio-economic concerns by far ranked highest. Nearly half said they determine their choice.

Likud and other right-wing parties force-feed austerity. Neoliberal extremism affects Israel like Western states. Voters perhaps don't understand. They have themselves to blame. They favor parties harming their own self-interest.

On January 18, Haaretz headlined "Garbage time: The Likud-right-religious bloc ahead by a large margin," saying:

It's "a foregone conclusion."

"It didn't have to be this way."

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"The bottom line remains unchanged."

"Likud-right-Haredi bloc is" way ahead. "Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu (looks) set to win" about double "as many seats as the next-largest party."

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