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Donald Ian Rankin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-27-10 03:11 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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