Speaking of cognitive dissonance, this article is filled to the brim with it. Strenger recognizes that there is no credible left -- and even acknowledges that the old left-center parties, such as Labor, or trying to rebrand themselves as part of a right-center bloc -- but yet insists that somehow they will act to balance out illiberal legislation from the right. Reality simply does not align with such a view: in truth, the right-center bloc will continue to be pulled even further rightward, as Strenger unwittingly acknowledges. They will not, therefore, be able to act as a safeguard of liberal values. Quite the contrary. The view espouses by Strenger is as much a fantasy and a product of cognitive dissonance as anything else he writes. Strenger: time to wake up and smell the (fascist) roses in bloom! This ain't no liberal democracy.
Israeli forces shoot, lightly wound Palestinian they say was fleeing security check (Haaretz)
from the article: Strong right wing or not, Israel will remain a liberal democracy