15 July 2018

Destroying Any Ideals Remaining in Israel

It is not surprising that Benjamin Netanyahu's relentless pursuit has led to a bill legalizing discrimination in Israel:
Israel is in the throes of political upheaval as the country’s ruling party seeks to pass legislation that could allow for Jewish-only communities, which critics have condemned as the end of a democratic state.

For the past half-decade, politicians have been wrangling over the details of the bill that holds constitution-like status and that Benjamin Netanyahu wants passed this month.

The proposed legislation would allow the state to “authorise a community composed of people having the same faith and nationality to maintain the exclusive character of that community”.

In its current state, the draft would also permit Jewish religious law to be implemented in certain cases and remove Arabic as an official language.

“In the Israeli democracy, we will continue to protect the rights of both the individual and the group, this is guaranteed. But the majority have rights too, and the majority rules,” the Israeli prime minister said this week.

A vote on the bill is expected next week, although a final draft has yet to be agreed on. The legislation has been compared to South African apartheid by Israeli parliamentarians, and several thousand Israelis protested in Tel Aviv on Saturday.
This is positively repulsive, and it another one of Netanyahu's attempts to cling to power while new allegations of corruption erupt.

If history is any template, it is the actions of self-serving leaders in Israel, like Netanyahu, that will threaten the existence of the state far more than external threats.


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