In any democracy the leaders of each party are in a constant public struggle with the other side to set the nation's political agenda. Sometimes they find common ground, but not often. In Israel this does not occur. Livni is supposedly the opposition leader. Somebody shakes her awake about once a month and she mumbles some trivial criticism of the Netanyahu government and then she goes back to sleep. People raised in a nation where this kind of "democracy" is practised will not understand the workings of the more legitimate democracies, including that of the Palestinians. Democracy must have substantial criticism and opposition. If not then it is simply a one party system in which opposition and criticism are stifled. Come to think of it, that does sound familiar.
Jerusalem mayor: Herzog's plan to divide Jerusalem is a dangerous and slippery slope (Haaretz)
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