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The only use for such a rag.


And the Left’s locking on to the Arab vote, doing all they can to get them to vote for the Arab united party, was not racist at all? Of course it wasn’t, any more than it was to note the obvious.


Netanyahu’s campaign finale dealt a body blow to Israeli democracy

The Israeli prime minister sees the Green Line as the border between where Arabs can’t vote and where they shouldn’t.

By | Mar. 19, 2015 | 4:32 PM


First came his declarations that any withdrawal from the West Bank was out of the question and there would be no Palestinian state on his watch. I don’t mean to feign shock. His previous acceptance of a two-state agreement and his participation in U.S.-imposed peace talks fit the classic definition of hypocrisy: the tribute that vice pays to virtue. But hypocrisy has its value; the tribute keeps the idea of virtue alive.

No more. Netanyahu’s explicit position is now that the permanent status of the West Bank is Israeli rule. Put differently, his policy is that there is part of Israeli territory, known as “Judea and Samaria,” in which most of the population happens to be disenfranchised. Either he does not see this as a significant flaw in Israeli democracy, or he does not see preserving democracy as a significant concern.

Then came Election Day. Netanyahu was desperately afraid that potential Likud voters might stay at home or cast their ballots for other lists, and thus deny Likud the status of the largest party in the Knesset. His response was the infamous status and video that he posted on his Facebook page: “The rule of the right is in danger. Arab voters are advancing in large numbers toward voting places. Leftist organizations are bringing them in buses.” I’ve translated the Hebrew verb “na” here as “advancing” rather than “moving” because the connotation is clearly military – especially when Netanyahu says in the next sentence that “we have a call-up order” to get out the Likud vote, and the video shows him in front of a map of the Middle East, as if he were speaking from a war room.


NOTE: First of all, I could only wish that Netanyahu’s statement concerning the creation of a Pali state was to mean that it would never be contemplated in the future, but all serious minded people realize that isn’t what he meant. Since the Haaretz is not a serious minded paper, they hype his words to mean what they want it to mean.

Seeing that there is no credible (if there could ever be) side for peace with whom the Israelis could make peace with, so in response to that glaring, obvious fact, there is no reason in the world for an Israeli PM to contemplate engaging in a fruitless exercise that could end up with the Islamic State on their doorstep.

Secondly,  the use of ”military language” in an election is something that many politicians engage in around the free West during their own elections, on both sides of the aisle. I can safely bet that there are video clips of Israeli Leftists doing just that, Israeli Arabs as well, as do the Democrats in the U.S..

Thirdly, in reference to Netanyahu’s language concerning the Left’s mobilizing the Arab vote, even for a party other than their own (Zionist Union), reflects the political reality in Israeli politics. They need blocks of parties to create a coalition government. It would be the same if the Israeli Right-Wing was using all its resources in getting the Russian immigrant population to vote for Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party, using buses to cart them to the various polling places, and Isaac Herzog (Zionist Union) warning and urging his supporters to turn out in droves to offset ”the Russian vote”.

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