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    • Ernst
    • 30.05.07 | 11:03 (IDT)

    They say a democracy develops over centuries, and here we see a good example of a nation not ready for democracy within a hundred years. Yitchak Laor is far ahead of his peers in criticizing this kind of anti democratic state behavior, even the Israelis that consider themselves leftist or left-leaning will think his criticism is too subtle and too nitty-witty. A lot of water will have to flow through the Yarkon river before Israeli society is ready to understand Laor`s criticism. Just the mere fact that the head of the national security service is free to publicly express his opinion, independent of the leader that is politically responsible, is worthy of many question marks about the level of democracy in Israel. In any other western democracy, these remarks would mean the certain resignation of this security head and many critical questions for the prime minister. In Israel, it is just an accepted part of the public discours, not even the far left raising an eyebrow.

    from the article: Democracy for Jews only
    First published 00:00 30.05.07 | Last updated 00:00 30.05.07
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