imc indymedia

Los Angeles Indymedia : Activist News

white themeblack themered themetheme help
About Us Contact Us Subscribe Calendar Publish RSS
Tell the NSA: StopWatching.US

Features
latest news
best of news
syndication
commentary


KILLRADIO

VozMob

CopWatch LA

ABCF LA

A-Infos Radio

Indymedia On Air

Dope-X-Resistance-LA List

LAAMN List





IMC Network: www.indymedia.org africa: ambazonia canarias estrecho / madiaq kenya nigeria south africa canada: hamilton london, ontario maritimes montreal ontario ottawa quebec thunder bay vancouver victoria windsor winnipeg east asia: burma jakarta japan korea manila qc europe: abruzzo alacant andorra antwerpen armenia athens austria barcelona belarus belgium belgrade bristol brussels bulgaria calabria croatia cyprus emilia-romagna estrecho / madiaq euskal herria galiza germany grenoble hungary ireland istanbul italy la plana liege liguria lille linksunten lombardia london madrid malta marseille nantes napoli netherlands nice northern england norway oost-vlaanderen paris/Île-de-france patras piemonte poland portugal roma romania russia saint-petersburg scotland sverige switzerland thessaloniki torun toscana toulouse ukraine united kingdom valencia latin america: argentina bolivia chiapas chile chile sur cmi brasil colombia ecuador mexico peru puerto rico qollasuyu rosario santiago tijuana uruguay valparaiso venezuela venezuela oceania: adelaide aotearoa brisbane burma darwin jakarta manila melbourne perth qc sydney south asia: india mumbai united states: arizona arkansas asheville atlanta austin baltimore big muddy binghamton boston buffalo charlottesville chicago cleveland colorado columbus dc hawaii houston hudson mohawk kansas city la madison maine miami michigan milwaukee minneapolis/st. paul new hampshire new jersey new mexico new orleans north carolina north texas nyc oklahoma philadelphia pittsburgh portland richmond rochester rogue valley saint louis san diego san francisco san francisco bay area santa barbara santa cruz, ca sarasota seattle tampa bay tennessee urbana-champaign vermont western mass worcester west asia: armenia beirut israel palestine process: fbi/legal updates mailing lists process & imc docs tech volunteer projects: print radio satellite tv video regions: oceania united states topics: biotech
printable version - js reader version - email this article - view hidden posts - tags and related articles
link:

Israelis Vote

by Stephen Lendman Monday, Jan. 21, 2013 at 11:39 PM
lendmanstephen@sbcglobal.net

Israel

Israelis Vote

by Stephen Lendman

Twenty-four hours and counting. On Tuesday, January 22, Israelis vote. They're as mindless and out of touch as Americans.

Odds favor hardline extremism. Netanyahu will remain prime minister. Knesset members and cabinet officials will reflect the worst of right-wing government.

Palestinians, regional states, and others have cause for concern.

Latest poll number show 63% right-wing coalition support. It's comprised of Likud, Yisrael Beiteinu, Habayit Hayehudi, Shas, and Unted Torah Judaism.

Pollsters asked respondents what issues matter most. Socio-economic concerns by far ranked highest. Nearly half said they determine their choice.

Likud and other right-wing parties force-feed austerity. Neoliberal extremism affects Israel like Western states. Voters perhaps don't understand. They have themselves to blame. They favor parties harming their own self-interest.

On January 18, Haaretz headlined "Garbage time: The Likud-right-religious bloc ahead by a large margin," saying:

It's "a foregone conclusion."

"It didn't have to be this way."

"The bottom line remains unchanged."

"Likud-right-Haredi bloc is" way ahead. "Likud-Yisrael Beiteinu (looks) set to win" about double "as many seats as the next-largest party."

Netanyahu will get four more years. Imagine what's likely after all the harm he caused. He'll get public affirmation to inflict it. He'll take full advantage. Jews will be harmed like others.

State terror will remain policy. So will neoliberal harshness. Hard times will get harder. Regional war perhaps looms.

Military strength will be prioritized. Iran is targeted. It's falsely called an existential threat. Syria boils across the border. Occupation harshness continues. Gaza remains isolated under siege.

Most Israelis turn a blind eye to what matters most. They'll vote opposite their interests.

A January 18 Haaretz editorial headlined "Weaken the right."

Do it "to halt Israel's slide into political isolation, fascism and apartheid."

Netanyahu caused "serious damage." Belligerence, occupation harshness, expanding settlements, and spurning peace reflect official policy.

"The result (is) intense international isolation, a rift in the relationship with (America), and a terrifying vision of Israel's future."

Domestic policies reflect "pure nationalism, harassment of (Israeli Arabs), politicization," militarized education, initiatives to weaken Supreme Court authority, and efforts to destroy press freedom and other civil rights.

Israel's dominant right-wing represents the "most radical lists of candidates ever." They threaten fundamental freedoms.

Reject them, said Haaretz. Marginalized left of center small parties deserve support. Meretz stresses ending occupation harshness. It endorses Palestinian self-determination. It's for strengthening civil rights.

Israel will "be better off if (Israeli Arabs) vote in high numbers and strengthen Hadash, Balad and the United Arab List-Ta'al against right-wing persecution."

Ordinary Israelis and Arab citizens have common interests. Undecided voters must choose wisely. What matters most is clear.

Reject right-wing extremism. "(H)alt Israel's slide into political isolation, fascism and apartheid."

Israelis are as mindless as Americans. Don't bet they'll do the right thing. Polls confirm it. Political rhetoric beguiles them.

Reason and rational thinking aren't their long suits. Family and other daily priorities matter more than who wins or loses.

Socio-economic concerns don't reflect voter choices. Slogans and cliches distract them.

"Sharing the burden" is stressed. Doing so belies its one-sidedness. Super-rich elites grow richer. Dominant corporations get whatever they want.

Ordinary Israelis suffer at their expense. Among developed countries, Israel, America and Britain are the most unequal. Conditions are getting worse, not better.

Social justice is eroding. It's on the chopping block for elimination. Sink or swim is policy. Israelis are too out of touch to realize how much they're harmed.

Israel has no enemies except ones it invents. Dominant parties stress "security threats." Fear mongering is policy. Doing so distracts.

At issue is focusing away from lost social benefits, militarism, the rage to privatize, neglected infrastructure needs, eroding labor rights, corruption, and growing despair approaching epidemic levels.

On January 19, the Economist headlined "Which way for Binyamin Netanyahu?"

It's an "open question whether (he) thinks he can get away with continually cocking a snook at" Western governments, "in particular America's, that have become increasingly frustrated by" peace process failures.

Can Netanyahu shift course, or is "his chief mission….stop(ping) Iran from getting a nuclear weapon?"

Don't bet on it, said the Economist. Peace prospects with Palestinians "look remote. Israel's coming election may make it even more so."

The London Guardian agrees. On January 15, it headlined "Peace process dead if Netanyahu wins Israeli election, academics warn."

It doesn't matter whether he chooses ultra-nationalists or centrists as partners. Peace process hypocrisy is official policy. Palestinians never had a legitimate partner.

Amnon Aran is City University of London senior lecturer. Important factors subvert peace, he said.

"Netanyahu has stated very clearly that he is adopting a wait-and-see policy." He won't make concessions. He prioritizes other concerns.

"By and large….there isn't much hope."

Oxford University's Eugene Rogan said hardliners want land, not peace.

University of Leeds Professor Clive Jones said he's "not at all hopeful." Right-wing extremists way outnumber moderates.

"I think that the way that Israeli politics is construed it makes it very difficult for parties in opposition to have any real effect anyway," he said.

"And as much as you may see some coalescing around what they're calling the centre-left bloc….I think it's going to be extremely difficult for them to put forward any kind of meaningful opposition."

It shows "how moribund much of the political process in Israel is."

Peace is a four-letter word. Conflict takes precedence.

On January 14, the Financial Times headlined "Netanyahu: tactical genius, strategic idiot," saying:

He's Israel's second longest serving prime minister. Winning a third term looks sure. He prioritized small conflicts over major ones.

He defied Obama so far "without any real cost."

There's "a strong chance that future generations will (regard him) as a man who fatally undermined" Israel's future.

Palestinian rights are a major unaddressed issue. Occupation harshness has been policy for almost five decades.

"It must be tempting for Israelis to believe (it) can last forever. It cannot."

Israelis face a "deteriorating" international environment. It's losing Western and regional support. It spurns Palestinian rights. "(A)nnexationists" want them denied.

Netanyahu's rage to expand settlements reflects it. He has "no strategic vision." He'll likely stay prime minister. "(H)e risks leading Israel to disaster."

Professor Mazin Qumsiyeh teaches at three Palestinian universities (Bethlehem, Birzeit, and Al-Quds). He previously taught at Yale, Duke and the University of Tennessee.

He's chairman of the Palestinian Center for Rapprochement Between People. His books and other writing focus on Israel/Palestine.

On January 16, he headlined "A Choice Between Right-Wing Politicians and Extreme Right Wingers," saying:

Israelis have little choice. Small Arab and moderate Israeli parties are marginalized and denied. Colonial apartheid is policy.

In February 2009, Qumsiyeh headlined "Solidifying Fascism," saying:

The political landscape looks grim. It's "poised to finally fulfill its destiny of fascism. Israelis will….continue to be lulled into supporting the unthinkable."

"The inevitable result" is denying millions of Palestinians their rights. They're occupied, displaced, and isolated. Endless wars and persecution afflict them.

Nothing ahead looks promising. Conditions today look worse. Netanyahu spurns peace. He's involved in Washington's war on Syria.

He threatens to attack Iran. He risks embroiling the entire region in conflict. He prioritizes land theft and settlement expansions. He thumbs his nose at world opinion.

Odds favor him to remain prime minister. He'll get another four years. Worse than ever times loom. Israelis will have themselves to blame.

They'll have to explain why they voted against their own self-interest. It won't be for the first time.

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

http://www.dailycensored.com/israelis-vote/
Report this post as:
Share on: Twitter, Facebook, Google+

add your comments


Local News

5 Reasons to Support RAC-LA This Month J20 11:10PM

Viacom CBS' Sumner Redstone Promotes Brutal Treatment Of Pot Smokers J19 1:20PM

Summer 2015 National Immigrant Solidarity Network Monthly News Alert! J15 12:33PM

Housing Board Member is an Evicter! J11 11:37PM

KPFK & PAPCIFICA forum in LA J11 5:45PM

LA Times goes to bat for killer cops in Salinas J10 10:34PM

NUCLEAR SHUTDOWN NEWS MAY 2015 J04 12:48PM

Los Angeles Uranium Film Festival J04 7:18AM

KPFK difficulties continue J01 4:22PM

KPFK buys premiums to re-sell them for donations -so J01 4:00PM

Latest Long Beach Police Execution: Murder of Youth In Mental Distress J01 8:19AM

How can california deal with this water crisis? M31 1:46PM

Four Winds of March Against Monsanto Los Angeles Take The Streets of Hollywood M27 2:49PM

Foreclosure Victims Occupy Senate Stump Speech of Kamala Harris M21 4:58AM

LA Nakba Anniversary protest at the Israel Consulate M19 12:56AM

Long Beach Police Execute Unarmed Teen Hector Morejon on Suspicion Of Trespassing M15 6:08AM

Eagle-Con 2015 at Cal State L.A. M13 4:15PM

Brendon Glenn Dies and Venice S/Weeps M08 7:45PM

JOIN CLASS ACTION LAWSUIT AGAINST RONALD L. HAVNER JR's PREDATORY BUSINESS, PUBLIC STORAGE M08 4:48PM

Councilmember Bonin Calls People of Venice Outraged by Police Murder “Outside Agitators" M08 10:45AM

May Day March, LA 2015 M07 7:33PM

LA Progressive: Ref Rodriguez—What the PUC Is Going on Here? M05 11:26PM

L.A. Stands in Solidarity with Australian Aborigines M05 11:12AM

More Local News...

Other/Breaking News

UN Declares Highest Humanitarian Emergency Level in Yemen J03 3:23AM

Anarchie et anarchisme J02 10:37PM

The Shortwave Report 07/03/15 Listen Globally! J02 4:48PM

USA EV_L J02 3:23PM

politikang sekswual sa pilipinas J02 12:10PM

Sunday's Referendum in Greece J02 11:31AM

Troika Plan for Greece: Endless Pillage and Regime Change J02 10:07AM

More Proof of Israeli Ruthlessness J02 6:28AM

Pentagon Calls Russia, China, Iran and North Korea Threats to Global Peace J02 3:46AM

Ours, the most important work of this Age J01 7:51PM

Summary of fbi crimes and harassment in concert with others J01 4:36PM

Ukraine: Rogue State Deadbeat J01 11:52AM

Happy Canada Day! The TPP and Canada, 4 pp J01 9:43AM

Trans-Pacific Partnership Guarantee J01 9:34AM

Former Science Ed of London Times: Smallpox Vaccine Triggered Aids J01 9:32AM

Dutchman Opens Limited Engagement at Edgemar Center for the Arts on July 15 J01 9:21AM

Dutchman Opens Limited Engagement at Edgemar Center for the Arts on July 15 J01 9:00AM

Tsipras Surrenders to Troika Demands J01 5:21AM

The U.S. Social Forum Puts San José on the Map of Social Change J30 11:26PM

Governor SIgns SB 277, Citing Science J30 6:54PM

Corruption of Law & Society by fbi J30 9:20AM

Russia Vows Continued Support for Embattled Syria J30 9:19AM

Dreyer's, Another Ice Cream Maker, Is Owned By Nestle J30 9:09AM

No Deal as June 30 Iranian Nuclear Talks Deadline Arrives J30 7:17AM

Greece May Become BRICS Member J30 4:58AM

Greece May Become BRICS Member J30 4:54AM

High-Seas Piracy: Israel's Latest Bandit Act J30 2:31AM

Gov Mulls SB 277 (SATIRE) J29 10:47PM

More Breaking News...
© 2000-2003 Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Unless otherwise stated by the author, all content is free for non-commercial reuse, reprint, and rebroadcast, on the net and elsewhere. Opinions are those of the contributors and are not necessarily endorsed by the Los Angeles Independent Media Center. Running sf-active v0.9.4 Disclaimer | Privacy