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    • zionist forever
    • 15.11.11 | 18:57 (IST)

    In the Israeli system the presidency is supposed to be a ceremonial role so Peres should be out kissing babies or only giving speeches Bibi has authorized him to make which he obviously doesn't have here. If Peres doesn't like these bills he should speak about it in private with Bibi and accept he cannot give his opinions on the record. As for the bills themselves whilst the one about the court should be looked into further before it is passed the one about limiting the amount of funding that FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS and unelected NGOS, the only way that affects democracy is it will make it harder to undermine democracy and allow foreigners to try and buy their way into Israeli politics. The US has a law just like this one although the US law forbids all funding from foreign governments not just limit it as in Israel. If though its not undemocratic for the US to have a law like that why should it be undemocratic to have one in Israel? The real problem is the politically active groups in Israel who rely on the millions they get from foreign governments will suddenly find they have lost the bulk of their funding. Time for Peres to shut up and for everybody else to look at the bill limiting foreign funding objectively instead of just shouting and screaming and saying Bibi is destroying democracy.

    from the article: Peres: Israeli right-wing bills are 'digression from democracy'
    First published 18:16 15.11.11 | Last updated 18:16 15.11.11
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