why is gideon levy scared of democracy - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • zionist forever
    • 28.11.10 | 13:10 (IST)

    Is he prehaps worried the people will made themselves heard and they will disagree with his desire. Whilst we hold elections we don't choose the individual MKs or the coalition and they are the people who make all the policies so something as serious as any plans to divide Jerusalem or give up the Golan is vital. Dividing Jerusalem or giving up the Golan has potential to force hundreds of thousands of Israelis to loose their homes, the economic impact would be huge and not everybody thinks like Gideon Levy. The only people democracy is a problem for are the people that want to impose their opinions and they usually want to impose their opinions and they usually resort to imposition because given the choice the public would probably reject those ideas. When Begin annexed the Golan in 1981 the Knesset voted to make it illegal to give up the Golan without first holding a referendum so this bill only compliments one that was made nearly 30 years ago. Legally both the Golan & east Jerusalem are just as much part of Israel as Tel Aviv. Israel never annexed Gaza, Judea & Samaria so there is no need to hold a referendum on those areas and the only way any government will be able to make any political concessions on either of those areas is via referendum. If the government tries to give away areas as contrversial as east Jerusalem or the Golan the fact is the coalition partners which even the left rely on will pull out and bring down the government. With a referendum the government can say a referendum was held the public said go ahead so I have a mandate to give up land. If the majority of the public voted against plans to give up the land then it might not have been the result the government had wanted but the people will have spoken and the government will have to respect their wishes. Referendums are the purest form of democracy because your being asked to vote yes or no on a single issue.

    from the article: Israel can't put occupation up for immoral referendum
    First published 02:10 28.11.10 | Last updated 02:10 28.11.10
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