Sham Israeli Elections
Hypocrisy, not democracy, is on the ballot.
by Stephen Lendman
On November 6, America's sham process occurs. On January 22, Israelis face the same Hobson's choice. Real choice is excluded from both ballots. Democracy is hypocrisy in both countries.
Congress recessed until post-election. Israel's Knesset just adjourned. On October 16, Haaretz headlined "As Knesset ends term, we should say 'good riddance,' " saying:
It's Israel's most anti-democratic one ever. It "brought the tyranny of the majority to new heights." Hardline extremists ran "roughshod over vulnerable minorities, first and foremost Israeli Arabs, as well as over civil society groups and human rights organizations."
They targeted free expression and assembly. They intimidated independent media. They supported lawless settlement expansions on stolen Palestinian land.
"(L)ed by Netanyahu and other senior ministers, (they) searched tirelessly for ways to violate" High Court rulings and make "state prosecution(s) odious."
Israel's 18th Knesset trashed rule of law principles. It mocked democratic values. It governed to the right of some despots. It gave Judaism a bad name. It enacted one repressive law after another. It took unprincipled shame to its highest level in Israeli history.
As its term ends, "good riddance" to what no free society should tolerate. Netanyahu, of course, is its worst member. He's a lawless world class thug.
He makes even sham democracy look like despotism. Israeli Arabs and Occupied Palestinians feel his harshness most. He despises Islam and shows it. He's unfit to serve. He belongs in prison. He's an illegitimate head of state.
On October 9, he announced early elections. Originally scheduled for September 2013, he said they'll occur in three months. He "decided for the benefit of Israel to hold (them) as quickly as possible."
He doesn't give a damn about Israel's benefit, just his own and supportive hardliners. On national television, he lied. He claimed his coalition government couldn't agree on a 2013 national budget. He said Israel's "most stable government in decades" is ending.
He claimed it helped strengthen Israel's security and fortify its economy during hard times. He stressed preventing Iran from having nuclear weapons.
He knows they have no plans to obtain them. Israel's so-called "stable government" is its most repressive ever. Early elections aren't because of budget disagreements. Netanyahu wants them when he's most able to retain a parliamentary majority.