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    • Eli Wapniarski
    • 18.05.10 | 20:29 (IDT)

    You are doing what you accuse many of your readers of doing. And that is to paint to generalized a picture. When the left wing tends towards ineffective genuflection there tends to be a reaction toward the right. When the action of the right is equally ineffective due to centrist half measures there will tend to be a gravitation to whoever appears to have a resolution. This tends to result in polarization in society That there are National Chauvinistic leaning in Israeli society (which can easily and rightly be equated to fascism and the curbing of Democratic Rights) can easily be attributed to frustration stemming from the lack of progress on the Peace Track (enough blame on all sides of this debate to go around). That this gets translated into actions on the ground one needs to look no further than who is the Minister of Internal Security and who is the Minister of Foreign Affairs and to which party they are affiliated. Personally, on matters of national security, I tend to fall center right. I tend to agree that organizations or individuals calling for the destruction of Israel should not be granted favor by our Government. However, the suppression of genuinely peaceful descent is a fundamental right of democracy and must be protected under and that protection enforced by law. Unfortunately our current electoral system makes it extremely difficult for any one party to form a majority government And as such any government is held hostage to fringe ideologies in order to maintain any semblance of stability. And unfortunately the fringes that are the power brokers in Israel today are the fascists. The only way this is going to change is if the electoral system changes. And there are too many fringe political elements that gain from the status quo. As such forming rational governments will continue to be difficult.

    from the article: A Special Place in Hell / Rebranding Israel as a state headed for fascism
    First published 15:12 18.05.10 | Last updated 15:12 18.05.10
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