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The stakes have never been higher in Israelís elections : Comments

By Alon Ben-Meir and Shabtai Shavit, published 5/8/2019

There is a growing consensus among Israelis that if Prime Minister Netanyahu forms the next government, Israel will lose an historic opportunity to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement based on a two-state solution,

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Will there ever be peace between Israel's secular centre-left and the ultra-orthodox?

Historically, the Israeli Left despised religious Jews and treated them as sub-human or "blacks" (based on their traditional black dress). The Right, on the other hand, especially the Herut party, originally headed by Menachem Begin - which ended up as the Likud and headed by Netanyahu, instead embraced the Haredim (orthodox Jews).

The Haredim do not identify with Left, Right or Centre and care not what happens in the occupied territories: they only care for their own interests, for the survival of their own traditional way of life. They hold 12%-13% of the votes, which is sufficient to determine the election results and who will be prime minister.

The stupid Kahol Lavan party has on its agenda to forcibly conscript the Haredim (which would never happen, as they would rather die than serve in the army), hence Netanyahu receives all the dividends that allow him to keep the occupied territories indefinitely.

Sadly the authors did not mention the ultra-orthodox Haredim even in one word. Do they even consider them human?
Posted by Yuyutsu, Monday, 5 August 2019 9:56:30 AM
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One can only hope, wiser heads prevail and Netanyahu faces his accusers in a court of law!

Presided over by an honest Judge whose opinions an judgements can be neither bought or sold!

And given he, Netanyahu, has his day in court and faces his accusers, the election can proceed without him or his questionable morality?

Without him and his negative influence, men and women of bona fide goodwill can settle their differences, without further bloodshed, as an agreed, negotiated and formally ratified, two-state solution!
Alan B.
Posted by Alan B., Monday, 5 August 2019 11:02:33 AM
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Dear Alan,

Unfortunately it is not the person of Netanyahu: there are much worse people in his party and his further-right coalition partners. Netanyahu is relatively a dove within that coalition. Also otherwise, Netanyahu is an excellent economist and led his country to great prosperity - the others, in both coalition and opposition, would bring a big economic loss, this is why he is still in for so long.

Negotiation is a useless joke. Israel should just leave the territories, allowing things to fall there where they fall, between the so-called "Palestinians" and the militant Jewish settlers, which make even Netanyahu tremble and whom Israel will never have the strength to evacuate.
Posted by Yuyutsu, Monday, 5 August 2019 5:35:33 PM
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I think the Palestinians have made it quite clear that they do not
want a settlement and two state agreement.
They have made it quite clear they want to kill all Jews.
After all as the Koran tells them, kill them wherever you find them.
One Imman recently called for moslems to kill all Jews everywhere in the world.
Not much room for consultation there.
Posted by Bazz, Thursday, 8 August 2019 10:29:37 AM
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