What the professor notes, but fails to recognize, is that MK Cohen is a politician. A politician's job is to represent their constituency as best as possible, even if it means making outrageous arguements. Shas is, in fact, the third largest faction in Knesset and its voters deserve representation. Every democratic parliament is based on the idea that if every party demands the utmost for their voters, the result will fall somewhere in the middle and compromise will be achieved. Politics is about negotiating competing interests and negotiating entails stating your most extreme proposition at the outset. This is a case of MK Cohen acting as a good advocate for his democratic voters in the democractic system of Israel's government.
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