I really, really hope this news article is not accurate in its prediction, and that things will turn out better. This whole thing brings to my mind the McCarthy era in the US, and even more somber times in European history. Is Israel really welcoming McCarthyism? Does the Israeli public realize that Israel was once the hero of most Europeans, and that it is precisely developments like this (among which the settlement building is primary) that makes the European intelligentsia withdraw its support from Israel. The only beacon of hope in the Middle East is sinking and being absorbed by the barbarism that surrounds it. It is a betrayal of hope. Israeli people complain about the singling out of Israel in human rights issues. Israel has been singled out, in Europe, because it has been considered a civilized country, not because of any deliberate application of double standards. The concept of double standards is meaningful when comparing sides that are on equal footing, a priori. From adults (cf. Israel) it is right to require more than from children and juveniles (cf. the Arab countries). And I'm not being anti-Arab here, just referring to the fact that in the Arab world there are no true democracies, where the rule of law prevails over sectarian or other passions. By the way, President Peres chose his words wisely.
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from the article: Rightist MK expected to head probe into Israel's Leftist NGOs