What is happening in Israel vis a vis democratic values is a backlash against the previously prevailing tendency in Israel to imagine that we are living in, let's say, Scandinavia in the 1970s. I have lived in Israel for 30 years and have seen Hamas prisoners in our jails thrive under better conditions than the reserve soldiers who guard them; Israeli Arab parliament leaders who collaborate with our enemies and rouse their followers to treason, foreign media that make media stars and their own reputations out of our traitors and tribulations. I see so-called progressive folks challenging our legitimacy as a state for the Jews. As proud as I am of Israel's insistence upon staying a democracy in the face of pressures no other country could withstand (I always wondered why a country so beset with war did never succumb to a military coup; a lesser country would have many times over), I can understand this need to self-correct. But, this is not the time for quitting. Progressive thinkers must stick it out here with the rest of us. Giving up is never, ever the right thing to do.
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