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New York Times on Israel's Democracy

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The Times claimed Kadima represents moderation. It matches Likud extremism. All major Israeli parties march in lockstep on issues mattering most. Likudnik Ariel Sharon broke away in November 2005 and formed Kadima.

Before Netanyahu became prime minister in 2009, it waged war on Lebanon in 2006 and Cast Lead on Gaza from December 2008 to January 2009. Each conflict caused mass deaths and destruction. 

Since 1967, all Israeli parties supported "aggressive settlement building."

Policies of major ones erode democratic freedoms. The Times ticked off a list without explanation. Instead of denouncing lost rights it said "activists say" they're endangered. 

It hailed Israel's strength "as a democratic state committed to liberal values and human rights." It called them "basic truths." It worries about them "being lost."

How can it lose what it never had. Israel Shahak's "Jewish History, Jewish Religion" and "Jewish Fundamentalism in Israel" presented what Edward Said called a "devastating portrait of prejudice, hypocrisy and religious intolerance...."

Shahak explained it's pervasiveness in Israeli politics, the military and society. He said substituting Aryan for Jewish and non-Jews for Jews reveals a similar superiority doctrine.

He decried Israeli racism, discrimination, and xenophobia, adding:

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