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Israeli Elections

by Stephen Lendman Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 at 11:43 PM
lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net

Israel

Israeli Elections

by Stephen Lendman

They fast approach. They're sham elections. Except for more contesting parties, they replicate America's illegitimate process.

Voters get little choice. Ideological extremists run Israel. Rhetoric alone separates candidates. Policies are hardline. Hypocrisy substitutes for democracy.

Israel's current Knesset is its most hardline ever. It trashed rule of law principles. It enacted repressive anti-democratic laws. It fast-tracked Israel toward tyranny.

It targeted free expression and assembly. It supports accelerated settlement construction on stolen Palestinian land. It prioritized what no free society should accept.

Upcoming elections promise worse. Coalition religious/secular extremism dominance is assured. Belligerence and neoliberal harshness are prioritized. Israelis aren't wise enough to choose better. They'll get leadership no one should accept.

Candidates from 34 secular and religious parties will contest. Polls suggest Netanyahu/Lieberman's Likud/Yisrael Beiteinu (Israel Our Home) looks likely to win.

Once dominant Kadima is a spent force. Polls suggest it'll gain two of 120 Knesset seats.

They predict Labor to get 16, Habayit Hayehud/National Union 14, Shas 11, former Kadima leader Tzipi Livni's Hatnuah 10, Yesh Atid 9, and Meretz 4.

Candidates from four Arab parties are contesting. They include United Arab List, Ta'al, Balad, and Hadash. They're each predicted to win four seats. Effectively they're powerless.

Hardline Jews run Israel. Arabs have no say whatever.

Yair Lapid heads Yesh Atid. Haaretz calls him an Israeli Chuck Norris. He'll join Netanyahu's right-wing government if elected. Doing so will violate campaign pledges.

All Israeli politicians do it. Their promises belie their agenda. They say one thing and do another. They support the worst of hardline policies.

They turned Israel into a rogue state. They prioritize regional dominance. They want Israel running a "New Middle East." They want non-Jews deprived of all rights. They support policies no one should accept.

Israel has no constitution. Basic Law substitutes. It mandates general, nationwide, direct, equal, secret, proportional elections. Every Israeli over 18 can vote.

Jewish ones alone count. Arabs vote but have no say. They represent 20% of Israel's population. They're denied equal rights. They called a fifth column threat. They're treated like enemies of the state.

Israeli law calls for elections every four years. It doesn't always turn out that way. On February 10, 2009, Israeli 18th Knesset elections were held.

Last October, Netanyahu announced early new ones. Doing so was a strategic decision. Inability to achieve a "balanced and responsible budget," was claimed.

Israel faces economic slowdown. Unpopular choices are prioritized. Force-fed austerity is policy. Netanyahu wants four more years in power. Delaying scheduled elections until October might derail his best-laid plans.

They fast approach. They'll be held on January 22. Fourteen parties held 18th Knesset seats. As discussed above, 34 parties will contest for 19th Knesset representation. To qualify requires winning at least 2% of the vote.

Some parties held primaries. Others used selection committees. Hardline religious ones let rabbis decide.

Voters don't choose candidates. They cast one vote for one party. All Israeli citizens over 18 are enfranchised. Only those on foreign government postings and merchant seamen can vote from abroad.

Voting isn't compulsory. Turnout is usually high. Years ago it approached 80%. Now it's about 65%. Post-election, consultations with Israel's president are held. The post is largely ceremonial.

To form a new government, support from at least 61 MKs are needed. No party gains a majority. Coalitions run Israel. Weeks or months may be required to form one.

Ahead of elections, candidates campaign on the stump, online, in closed venues, in small ones, in private homes, through social networks, and allotted broadcast time.

It's allocated based on Knesset membership. It's aired on a Central Elections Committee timetable.

Israel's media are prohibited from selling airtime. Israelis are sparred what Americans endure. Mass rallies aren't held. Few news media endorse candidates.

Debates are rarely held. In the last 35 years, they've been seven. The most memorable was in 1996. Netanyahu trailed in the polls. He embarrassed Prime Minister Shimon Peres. He was aging, tired, and showed it. In August he'll be 90.

Leading candidates try not to jeopardize their position by debating. Little public pressure urges them. Labor's Yacimovich invited Netanyahu to debate. Her call went unanswered.

Post-election, expect greater hardline extremism. Defining issues assure it.

They include maintaining Israel's strategic alliance with Washington, enforcing occupation harshness, solidifying Gaza's siege, spurning peace, prioritizing militance, replacing independent Syrian and Iranian governments, defeating Hezbollah, targeting Hamas, and spurning social justice through neoliberal austerity.

Privileged elites run Israel. They include politicians, corporate bosses, lobbyists, rabbis, and generals. Ordinary Israelis have no say.

Democracy exists in name only. It's hypocritical and farcical.
Subterfuge disguises Israel's dark side. Most Israelis are largely dismissive.

They have themselves to blame. They're indifferent to Palestinian suffering. They let leaders get away with murder. They're largely passive about eroding social justice en route to eliminating it altogether.

Polls predict Likud/Yisrael Beiteinu will retain power. Hardline coalition partners will join them. Labor's been shut out for years. It hopes to reestablish itself as a viable alternative. It has miles to go. More on its leadership below. It's more right-of-center than left.

Kadima is fighting to survive. It's a shadow of its former self. Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid hopes to replace it. Former Kadima leader Tzipi Livni heads Hatnuah. She calls herself a Likud alternative. She promised to succeed where Kadima failed.

Habayit Hayehudi and Shas vie to become Israel's second largest party. Micro-contests will decide other winners and losers. Right-wing secular and religious extremism will dominate. It's baked in the cake. Surprises won't be forthcoming.

On January 4, Haaretz headlined "Labor's act of 'political stupidity' paves the way for extremist Israeli government," saying:

Party chairwoman Shelly Yacimovich heads Labor. She supports occupation harshness, settlement expansions, and other hardline policies.

Party platform and policy papers disagree. Latter ones matter more. They ignore peace. They support hardline security and defense issues. They oppose the right of return. They prioritize controlling Occupied Palestine.

Labor calls itself a Likud/Yisrael Beiteinu alternative. Its policies replicate their extremism. They show what Israelis and Palestinians face. Traditional Labor supporters spurn her.

Parties representing their interests won't win enough seats to matter. Some will be entirely shut out. Hardline government remains dominant. Worse than ever times approach.

On January 7, Haaretz called Netanyahu a "weak prime minister." Public sentiment views him as a "default" choice. He's not a popular favorite.

"Politicians are drawn like magnets to power and repelled by weakness. They have no choice."

"If they behave otherwise, they will have trouble surviving. When they smell blood or fear, they sink their teeth into their adversaries and tear them to shreds, leaving them for dead by the roadside."

Avigdor Lieberman is Netanyahu's "natural partner." He faces fraud, breach of trust, and moral turpitude charges. He's damaged goods.

His future remains in doubt. He could be barred from politics for seven years. He won't be missed. Challengers vie to replace him.

Netanyahu may struggle harder to enlist coalition partners than he imagines. He's been around long enough nothing is certain in love, war or politics. Surprises and reversals occur when least expected.

He hopes pre-election political choices will avoid them. He waged Pillar of Cloud war on Gaza. He prioritizes settlement expansions.

He announced controversial E1 area development. He did it to punish Palestine. He criticized its upgraded UN status.

He dismissed international reaction. He's mindless about how others feel. He knows he can get away with murder. Stealing Palestinian land is minor by comparison.

Netanyahu offers Israelis nothing. He's militant, hardline, neoliberal, and unbending. Past and current Israeli officials deplore him.

Polls suggest he'll remain prime minister. Haaretz said his "current difficulties will seem like a walk in the park compared to the political hell that awaits him after the elections."

They pale to what he'll inflict on Israelis, Palestinians, and regional opponents. He's a menace too great to ignore.

Last year he was investigated for allegedly accepting prohibited campaign money from a businessman.

Allegedly it came through his driver. Charges didn't follow. Israel's Justice Ministry said enough evidence didn't exist to warrant prosecution.

Did he or didn't he accept elicit funding? Reports suggested Dedi Graucher gave him hundreds of thousands of shekels.

He also covered travel expenses. Some of his trips were double-billed. Illicit campaign funding was involved.

Israeli State Comptroller Micha Lindenstraus informed the Attorney General. Last May, investigations followed. Police recommended no further action.

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was prosecuted and acquitted on similar charges. Whether whitewash let him off the hook remains for others to decide.

For now, Netanyahu appears safe. He's too high-profile to touch. He's an unindicted war criminal. Before leaving politics, he'll have much more to answer for.

Ordinary Israelis, Palestinians, and regional Israeli opponents bear the greatest cross. So does humanity potentially. He's heading Israel over a political cliff. He's defiant and out-of-control.

Megalomania, delusions of grandeur, and racist hate define his agenda. He's a modern-day Caligula incarnation. Tyrannical harshness got him assassinated. His own Praetorian Guard did him in.

Perhaps Netanyahu will perish the same way. The sword he lives by may undo him. At stake is how much harm he'll inflict in the meantime. He's favored to get another four years to try.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net.

His new book is titled "Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity."

http://www.claritypress.com/LendmanII.html

Visit his blog site at sjlendman.blogspot.com and listen to cutting-edge discussions with distinguished guests on the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network Thursdays at 10AM US Central time and Saturdays and Sundays at noon. All programs are archived for easy listening.

http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour

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