"Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel." - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Abtalyon
    • 07.01.11 | 12:49 (IST)

    Thus said Dr Johnson in the 18th century. I would add the word "phony" in front of "patriotism" because the Yisrael Beitenu party operates more like a branch of Putin's Russia than it does as a body working for Israel's interests. The rational- as opposed to the lunatic- Left in Israel is not dead but waiting for the next election when this current sham government of ditherers, clerical cowards, tycoon groupies and sundry hangers-on finally departs to a well-earned oblivion. The Stalinist-inspired legislation will be repealed and the country can then get an agreement with the Palestinians after some hard bargaining and then start to look after the half-million poor, reduce hospital bed occupancy from 140% to 80% and maybe give young couples some hope of buying a home at an affordable price- all issues for which the right has no policies and no vision.

    from the article: Israeli democracy can't afford to be victimized any further
    First published 09:25 07.01.11 | Last updated 09:25 07.01.11
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