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Donald Ian Rankin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-27-10 02:11 PM
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Israel is effectively a single-party state
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The totalitarianism gaining the upper hand in our lives has to do with the fact that there is no real difference between 'center-left' Kadima and Yisrael Beiteinu on the extreme right.

By Yitzhak Laor

A regime gives its subjects language, concepts, images, by many means - from an education system to a briefing for military correspondents. Nevertheless, people feel uncomfortable in face of the regime. Sometimes they even have an interest in resisting it. The opposition is supposed to provide them an alternative voice. People do not exist as an opposition if there is no political party that voices their resistance.

Kadima, therefore, is a disaster for democracy. The totalitarianism gaining the upper hand in our lives - which is mostly of a racist character - has to do with the fact that between Kadima ("center-left" ) and Yisrael Beiteinu on the extreme right there is really no difference. The disappearance of Meretz and the racist ignoring of the Arab public of voters and its representatives in the Knesset are underlining even further how close Israel is to being a single-party state. This used to be called "consensus," now it is broader agreement on most issues. Beyond minuscule differences of opinion among the political parties, we are in effect ruled by a single party, the State Party, with its branches: Likud-Mizrahi (Jews of Middle Eastern descent ), Likud-Russian, Likud-career officers and Labor, Likud-ultra-Orthodox and Likud in its two "authentic" embodiments: Kadima and Likud. This is the context of the loyalty laws and the open season on Balad MK Hanin Zuabi.

In accordance with monotonous political map, which produces the politics, the citizens too are no longer split, even with regard to the fate of the territories, never mind their rights-deprived subjects. Everyone, from time to time, is for "two states." There are indeed phalanxes of settlers, but they live by the spears of the army and the army is the totem animal of the state party. The celebration of unity is presided over by moronic game show hosts. The good times on the way to fascism need not go through anthems and marching songs. It is enough to be a reality show moron.

Meretz voters - the last Jewish opposition public - voted en masse for the right-wing Kadima. Their indifference to this turnaround began back when their party supported Operation Cast Lead. Security-oriented, gung-ho pricks are more convincing in times of bloodbaths. Now the smart alecks are asking us how it could be that the process of becoming fascist doesn't require a dictatorship and prisons.

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  -Israel is effectively a single-party state Donald Ian Rankin  Nov-27-10 02:11 PM   #0 
  - If they didn't constantly make new common enemies, they'd be at each others throats.  leveymg   Nov-27-10 02:25 PM   #1 
  - Like America, you mean? Is it "the corporate party," too?  villager   Nov-27-10 02:32 PM   #2 
  - the shy is falling the sky is falling!!! n/t  arcticken   Nov-27-10 02:54 PM   #3 
  - the "shy" is falling hmmmmm n/t  azurnoir   Nov-27-10 06:17 PM   #4 
     - You've never made a typo before? hmmmmm  oberliner   Nov-27-10 08:34 PM   #5 
        - nor have you or was it more Freudian than that? n/t  azurnoir   Nov-27-10 10:37 PM   #9 
           - I was being sarcastic - you've made lots of them  oberliner   Nov-27-10 11:01 PM   #12 
              - Because he/she can. Yes it was a typo. And  arcticken   Nov-28-10 12:40 AM   #15 
  - His book The Myths of Liberal Zionism was published in English by Verso Books in February 2009  oberliner   Nov-27-10 08:36 PM   #6 
     - Great. Another Gideon Levy anti-zionist for one-state tyranny & chaos led by Hamas/PLO.  shira   Nov-27-10 09:05 PM   #7 
        - Yitzhak Laor: Israels apartheid is worse than South Africas  oberliner   Nov-27-10 10:06 PM   #8 
        - Yep along with that "wildly antisemtic"  azurnoir   Nov-27-10 10:40 PM   #10 
           - Neither this author nor Desmond Tutu is antisemitic  oberliner   Nov-27-10 11:00 PM   #11 
              - Sarcasm that is why it was in quotes n/t  azurnoir   Nov-27-10 11:16 PM   #13 
              - Putting it in quotes suggests that it is a quote  oberliner   Nov-28-10 06:13 AM   #16 
                 - To "some" maybe n/t  azurnoir   Nov-28-10 12:22 PM   #18 
                    - What do quotation marks mean in your understanding?  oberliner   Nov-28-10 09:17 PM   #21 
                       - the meaning of quotation marks would depend entirely on the  azurnoir   Nov-29-10 09:55 AM   #23 
                          - In what context do the not represented quoted material?  oberliner   Nov-30-10 01:36 PM   #24 
              - Its the common tactic of many in the anti Israel crowd to  Dick Dastardly   Nov-28-10 08:52 PM   #20 
                 - What do you mean by 'anti Israel crowd'?  Violet_Crumble   Nov-30-10 06:37 PM   #25 
        - Does unintentional irony hurt? Is that why you're so angry, Shira?  Chulanowa   Nov-28-10 12:09 AM   #14 
           - Phony liberals like Yitzak Laor, Gideon Levy, and their cheerleaders really piss me off. n/t  shira   Nov-28-10 11:33 AM   #17 
              - I have to admit some unfamiliary; what makes 'em "phony liberals"?  Chulanowa   Nov-28-10 06:55 PM   #19 
                 - see #7 above. n/t  shira   Nov-29-10 04:16 AM   #22 

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