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Sham Israeli Elections


Hypocrisy, not democracy, is on the ballot.

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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.

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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.

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"(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.

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