The Psychology of Israel’s Declining Democracy

A recent Haaretz poll shows profoundly upsetting erosion in Jewish Israelis’ belief in universal human rights. Most Jewish Israelis acquiesce in discrimination against Arabs on the ground of ethnicity and or religion. If true, this points to a moral and political decline of frightening proportions.

The survey published by Haaretz on Tuesday is deeply unsettling. It shows that 69 percent of Jewish Israelis would not want to give 2.5 million Palestinians the right to vote if the West Bank is annexed. 59 percent think that Jews should have preference over Arabs in admission to job in ministries.