Strong Right Wing or Not, Israel Will Remain a Liberal Democracy

The coming Knesset will have a sizable center-left bloc, and it is to be hoped that its leaders will understand that it is part of their civic and political duty to oppose any legislation that undermines the pillars of the liberal order.

The most striking aspect of Israel's current election campaign is that Meretz is the only Jewish party that dares to call itself left, and that Labor chair Shelly Yacimovich is making huge efforts to prove that Labor isn’t, and has never been a left-wing party.

Israel’s political system seems completely out of balance: you have a very heavy right, a relatively thin center, and a virtually...