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    • Sagi
    • 17.11.11 | 22:25 (IST)

    will not die as Gideon suspects. Israeli democracy can not even be described as dead for the simple reason that it never existed. The ubiquitous usage of the term "Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East" is aimed at indoctrinating feeble minds into believing that we are indeed a democracy when in fact we are far from it. Democracy is not defined by the fact that elections are held and ballot boxes emloyed for this purpose. This is only the start, the initial stage, it is what comes after that is important. In the case of Israel, democracy stops dead in its tracks exactly one minute after the election results are announced. Furthermore, a nation which has no constitution has no chance of being democratic. Please do not give me the example of Britain having no written consitution, Britain is a Constitutional Monarchy and its democracy is well documented from 1215 onwards and is enshrined in law. Furthermore a nation that has no definitive separation of religion and state also has no chance of being democratic. No Gideon, democracy will not die, it simply never was. A radical make over is what is needed, a start from scratch, just like Henry the Eighth did a few hundred years ago. Church out and rule of law in, rights and privileges side by side with obligations, respect for the law and above all respect for one's fellow being, a written constitution. Democracy will be a natural sequitur.

    from the article: Netanyahu is now the last hope for Israeli democracy
    First published 02:12 17.11.11 | Last updated 02:12 17.11.11
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