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LeftishBrit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-14-11 06:48 AM
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7. Levy has never exactly been a glass-half-full type
There really are genuine problems with right-wingers trying to limit free speech and association and democracy in Israel; and they need to be combated. But this sort of hyperbole does not help the cause.

E.g.

'The death penalty will only apply to Arabs.'

Israel has only used the death penalty twice. The first was in 1948 and involved a Jew who was unjustly convicted of treason in a military court; the other was in 1962 and involved Eichmann, who was neither a Jew nor an Arab.

'Only religious justices will be able to serve as chief justice. Rabbis will have legal immunity similar to what MKs have. Any declaration of war or a peace agreement will need the approval of the Council of Torah Sages.'

Even with the disproportionate influence of religious-right parties, this is most unlikely to happen.

It is important IMO for Israelis to work to oppose right-wing policies which go against justice and democracy; but there is no point in confusing dystopia with reality, any more than confusing utopia with reality.

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