What Do Right Wing Zionists Usually Offer As a Sign of Israel's "Democracy"? - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • Yaakov Sullivan
    • 15.11.11 | 22:38 (IST)

    it is that the 20% of their population that is Arab has the right to vote and can elect members to the Knesset. This is true but that is hardly the hallmark of a democracy. First, the political system in Israel is such that the Arab parties have, cannot have, any parliamentary power or influence on policy. You may have an Arab deputy minister or a Druze minister (the "good" Arabs, remember?) but they are sidelined from the political process in Israeli political life. Second, a democracy is more than mere open elections. It is anchored in right s for the minority, for the individual. It is based on a society where all citizens are equal before the law. That clearly is not the case in Israel. Israel is an ethnocracy, not a democracy and the differences are clear.

    from the article: Come visit Israel. Before it's gone.
    First published 17:21 15.11.11 | Last updated 17:21 15.11.11
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