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Hate as a Common Ground: Why Israel’s Coalition Government Is Likely to Survive

    Hate as a Common Ground: Why Israel’s Coalition Government Is Likely to Survive

Shortly after an agreement to form a “national emergency government” in Israel, leader of the Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) party, Benny Gantz, tweeted triumphantly that ‘democracy’ in Israel has been ‘safeguarded’.  But how is a deal that would grant Israel’s right-wing Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, a veto power over the very judicial system which…

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A Machiavellian Fiasco: How a So-Called ‘Centrist’ Resurrected Israel’s Far Right

    A Machiavellian Fiasco: How a So-Called ‘Centrist’ Resurrected Israel’s Far Right

It was intended to be a Machiavellian move, but the decision by Benny Gantz, leader of Israel’s Kahol Lavan (Blue and White) coalition, to join a Benjamin Netanyahu-led government is likely to destabilize the political fabric of Israeli society for years to come. In a surprising move, Gantz has entered into precarious political compromises, whereby he…

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Institutional Racism Lies at the Heart of Israel’s Internal Political Struggles

    Institutional Racism Lies at the Heart of Israel’s Internal Political Struggles

The third Israeli elections to be held within a twelve-month period once again failed to bring about the desired outcome. If anyone was hoping to see an end to the political deadlock that exists within Israeli politics, they must be very disappointed. In fact, prospects for a stable government that is supported by a majority…

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Netanyahu on Steroids: What a Gantz-led Government Means for Palestine 

    Netanyahu on Steroids: What a Gantz-led Government Means for Palestine 

Experience has taught Palestinians not to pay heed to Israeli elections. But to every rule there is an exception.  Although it is still true that no Israeli Zionist leader has ever been kind to the Palestinian people, the dynamics of the latest Israeli elections on September 17 are likely to affect the Occupied Palestinian Territories…

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Post-Election Horse-Trading Begins in Israel and All Outcomes Spell More Trouble for Palestinians

  Post-Election Horse-Trading Begins in Israel and All Outcomes Spell More Trouble for Palestinians

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — As the dust settles from the recent elections in apartheid Israel, the horse-trading begins. This horse-trading will determine which one of two war criminals will end up leading the racist, brutal state as its prime minister.  There are two distinct and diametrically opposed approaches to viewing the Israeli elections — one…

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Netanyahu is Gambling on New Elections to Stay in Power

  Netanyahu is Gambling on New Elections to Stay in Power

JERUSALEM — For the first time in the history of the state of Israel, the head of the party that won the largest number of seats has failed to form a coalition government. Rather than allowing the head of the party that came in second to attempt to form a government, the Knesset voted to…

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Israel’s Common Denominator: Why Israel Will Continue to Bomb Gaza

  Israel’s Common Denominator: Why Israel Will Continue to Bomb Gaza

On May 4, Israel launched a series of deadly airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip, prompting a response from various resistance groups. At least 25 Palestinians were killed and nearly 200 people wounded in the Israeli attacks. Four Israelis were also killed by Palestinian rockets. The clashes were instigated by Israel, when the Israeli military…

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War Versus Peace: Israel Has Decided and So Should We

  War Versus Peace: Israel Has Decided and So Should We

So, what have we learned from the Israeli legislative elections on April 9? A whole lot. To start with, don’t let such references as the “tight race” between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and his main rival, Benny Gantz, fool you. Yes, Israelis are divided on some issues that are particular to their social and…

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A League of His Own: Netanyahu Dominates an Israeli Election Lacking a Left

  A League of His Own: Netanyahu Dominates an Israeli Election Lacking a Left

JERUSALEM — Israel’s Minister of Justice, Ayelet Shaked, who now co-chairs a new political party called “The New Right” (New Yamin), recently posted a tweet accusing the Israeli right-wing party, the Likud, of being “Left.” As Israel prepares for elections, it seems the most common phrase used to put someone down is that he or…

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