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    • BobofPhiladelphia
    • 12.01.14 | 16:34 (IST)

    Ricki, unfortunately the Israeli establishment is energetically punishing and emasculating those NGOs, putting in the same kinds of laws that Putin is using in Russia to convert a democracy into a façade of a democracy. Israel is also pushing to modify the so-called "Thresh-hold Law" so that it will be very difficult for Israel's Arabs, 20.7% of the population, to be represented at all in the Knesset. (Interesting contrast to Iran, where, since so many Jews have left, their powerful parliament reserves one seat for a Jewish Iranian so that they are still represented.) Why should Arab-Israelis, 20.7% of the population, and which have 4-5% of the seats in the Knesset, be represented at all? Your suggestion is I am sure based on good intentions but clue-less, given the current realities within the Israeli governance system. Incidentally, I have read that Netanyahu, who is cutting liberal NGOs off from foreign funds, receives 98% of his political funds from foreign sources, especially Sheldon Adelson, who also attempted to tip the US elections. Israeli democracy is not yet dead, but it is on the ropes.

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