re #153 'ISRAEL IS A DEMOCRACY. FULL STOP.' - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Colin Wright
    • 05.10.07 | 05:10 (IST)

    "IT`S STILL A DEMOCRACY BY ALL DEFINITIONS." Actually, it's not -- not by 'all definitions.' For one, Israel exercises sovereignity in all but name over the West Bank. However, the Arab inhabitants of this area cannot vote in Israeli elections -- although the Jewish ones can. For another, at its foundation, Israel drove out the vast majority of those who were likely to disagree with the concept of a Jewish state -- i.e., the Arabs. It was explicitly argued that the Jewish state could not function with a 40% Arab minority. If I drive off all who will vote against George Bush and then hold an election in which George Bush is elected, is that a democracy? So you allowed a few Arabs to stay in Israel and vote to provide some 'democratic' decoration, and so you haven't TECHNICALLY annexed the West Bank -- I wouldn't call Israel a democracy. It's not. It's certainly absurd to insist as vociferously as you do that it unquestionably is.

    from the article: Na'ima is threatening the Jewish majority
    First published 00:00 03.10.07 | Last updated 00:00 03.10.07
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