Has Israel lost its soul? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Mark Jeffery Koch
    • 20.05.10 | 15:26 (IDT)

    What separated Israel from all its neighbors was its vibrant democracy and the reputation for being a country where people were allowed to openly express their differences with their government. Sadly, that is rapidly disappearing. Today, in various online Israeli media sites, any Jew who dares criticize the current government is branded a self-hater, an anti-semite, and if they are an Israeli citizen they are accused of being an enemy of the State. Noam Chomsky, whose views towards Israel are vile and repugnant, is refused entry into the country. When Defense Minister Barak criticized the settlers he received death threats as did an Israeli general tasked with removing illegal outposts. This is not the Israel of Ben Gurion, Dayan, Golda Meir and those who built the country with their bare hands. It is a right wing fortress denying entry to anyone who dares to criticize it and who accuses fellow Jews of being a fifth column if they don't march in lockstep with the right wing. Israel is rapidly losing its soul.

    from the article: Democracy according to Reichman
    First published 03:41 20.05.10 | Last updated 03:41 20.05.10
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