"Accusing" is one thing; to not allow "accusations" is another.... - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Andreas
    • 13.11.11 | 18:22 (IST)

    These are two completely different issues. I might not like being criticized for my opinion and decisions. But that´s the fundament of democracy; to have an open competition of rivaling ideas and perspectives. It´s dangerous to call your political opponent "fascist" OR "communist" since it deepens the rift in society and polarizes opinion. "You criticize your government ?So your not a patriot and endanger your country." or "You demand tougher measures to protect your citizens from terror-attacks? then you´re a militant fascist". Internationally the opinions about the current israeli government´s policy are certainly divided BUT everybody agrees that there it is a democratic country and everybody respects the independence of the rulings of the Israeli high court of justice. In fact some "enemies" of Israel would love to see free speech limited within the country and the judicial system being influenced by the government. We can all imagine the massive finger-pointing that would result from such an event. In a time when opinions differ greatly these two elements, law and free speech, define the big difference between Israel and it´s neighboring countries. You don´t want to give those up ever. You might think it makes your country "safer" but you would sell it´s very soul.

    from the article: Netanyahu is working to limit free speech in Israel, Labor leader says
    First published 17:19 13.11.11 | Last updated 17:19 13.11.11
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