Strenger is right. If the centre left parties join a right wing coalition in which they will be ignored or outflanked, it will be a disaster. This is not just a matter of Israel's 'image' in the world at large, but of Israel's very future. This is a moment of choice, a moment of crisis . Greater Israel - control of the West Bank declared permanent whether or not officially annexed- means not only the end of Israel as a democracy. It also means the end of the Jewish state, as Israel will not be able to deny the Palestinians their political rights indefinitely, and cannot expel them. So what may seem to many Israelis a pragmatic solution ('no one to talk to', 'they want to destroy us') is in fact a recipe for political suicide.
Police disperse hundreds in brawl in Kafr Manda, northern Israel (Haaretz)
from the article: Israel needs a real opposition
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