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Israel: Neither Democratic or Jewish

• by Ran HaCohen

While centrist politicians have always emphasized the harmony of these two sets of values, the political wings have stressed their conflicts, with the left wing demanding to enhance democratic values against the Jewish values promoted predominantly by the right. This conflict has now ended in a clear, though somewhat unexpected result: celebrating 50 years of Occupation, Israel has become neither democratic, nor Jewish.

"The Only Democracy in the Middle East"?

Israel's vanishing democracy stands out even while the entire world is drifting away from democratic values. Netanyahu's coalition government is systematically emptying the country's democracy, passing a new law every other day aimed at intimidating and silencing any dissent voice.

Thus, whereas the right-wing enjoys major donations from abroad – from Sheldon Adelson to American evangelists to Jared Kushner – left-wing NGOs in Israel are being singled out and delegitimized, in a Putin-like manner, by a series of laws for "being financed by foreign governments", and their activity is progressively hampered.

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Comment by Ed Price
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The people of ancient Israel had libertarian freedom. Up until the time of Babylon, the only laws they had were a benefit to them as a society. In all the good ways, they had complete freedom. Modern Israel is becoming more and more like Japan and China: worship of government, and almost worship of ancestors as they honor their family line. Like the Chinese and the Japanese, this kind of worship will ultimately fail, even though there is a spear-head of strength for a while. The only real blessing that they have is the name Israel. For the sake of His own NAME, God is upholding Israel because they call themselves by a name He had promised to maintain for all time. Their strength has nothing to do with what they really are. After all, God destroyed them at the times of Babylon and the 70 AD fall. They will either turn to Him for real, or they will be destroyed by Him for good this time.

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