Israel’s Democracy Wars. Seth J. Frantzman Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies, Conference, May 21, 2012. This presentation is based on several articles in The Jerusalem Post. ‘McCarthyism’, March 31, 2010 . ‘Israel’s Democracy Wars’, April 5, 2010. ‘ Baseles Hatred’, October 8, 2010 .
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Seth J. Frantzman
Jerusalem Institute for Market Studies, Conference, May 21, 2012
“Israel, held up as a beacon of democracy in the Middle East, is in a democratic crisis and should take steps to halt the erosion of citizens’ rights, says prominent Israeli historian and journalist [GershomGorenberg]”-Toronto Star, Nov. 23, 2011
The exploitation of a majority in Israel’s parliament has done two things that are threats to basic principles of democracy,” says GershomGorenberg.
“His thesis is straightforward: Beinart believes Israel is a democratic country being undone by the occupation of the Palestinian territories.”-IJV, March 10, 2012
“The list of pending legislation that would erode the foundations of Israel’s democracy is lengthy, much of it designed by Israel’s right wing.”-Jeremy Ben-Ami, JStreet founder, 2011
“In the last decade, we’ve experienced what I call a ‘democratic recession’ in Israel,” said Prof. Naomi Chazan, president of the New Israel Fund and former deputy speaker of the Knesset.-Canadian Jewish News, April 15, 2012
“It's precisely Eli Yishai [the Interior Minister]’s decision not to let [Gunther] Grass enter Israel because of a poem he wrote that is characteristic of dark regimes like those in Iran or North Korea.”-Haaretz, March 9, 2012
SefiRachlevsky: “Israel’s government is a grave threat to democracy.”
According to this view the Russians and the Jews from Arab lands made Israel un-democratic, had it not been for them, it would have been perfect?
“But what we see in the Knesset now we haven’t seen in the past. There were [anti-democratic] initiatives in the past, and some of them became law, but such a barrage of bills, that is something that no Knesset has seen before.”-Hagai El-Ad of the Association for Civil Rights in Israel.
Authors Amos Oz and YoramKaniuk, Jerusalem Cinematheque founder Lia Van Leer, Prof. Sammy Smooha, Prof. Ze’evSternhal, former ministers ShulamitAloni and YairSaban, and others signed a letter declaring absentee balloting anti-democratic.
“The religious right's real answer to the demographic question is allowing Jews living abroad to vote in Israeli elections…. Here come hundreds of thousands of voters from Brooklyn…Netanyahu's religion-oriented coalition is planning on annulling judicial review, with the aid of anti-Zionist and cynical votes from abroad. He must not be allowed to demolish democracy.”-SefiRachlevsky, Haaretz, March 2012