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Sunday, February 01, 2009

Good news from Israel

I note from Cloud that the ban on two Arab parties in the upcoming Israeli election has been overturned in the courts.

To those such as Adam Holland who perceive me as having "extreme anti-Israel views", I would respond that while I have no respect for the IDF and little for most current Israeli politicians, I have always been - and remain - a supporter of Israel's right to exist, and hence of a two-state rather than a one-state solution to the Palestinian Question. Whatever the inequities of its establishment, Israel is a fact and will - must - survive. However, let us not kid ourselves. Its present constitution defines it as a Jewish homeland, and its Jewish inhabitants are privileged by law over non-Jews in terms of proprty rights, employment and political representation. It has long been the case that parties wishing to alter the constitution so as to give all Israel's citizens equal rights are banned from taking seats in the Knesset. The recent ban on contesting the election merely went a step further. So while I am absolutely not anti-Israel, please let's not befoul the word "democracy" by pretending that it is one. However, its Supreme Court clearly gives more weight to the idea of Israel as a democracy than to the one of Israel as a Jewish state, so who knows? If there is one decent democratic organ alive and well in Israel (and actually its press isn't bad either, which is why I quote so often from Ha'aretz) then there is hope for true Israeli democracy to blossom in the future.

2 Comments:

At 02 February, 2009 20:49, Blogger JoeinVegas said...

Why should Israel, much less any nation, be 'allowed' to exist? What gives any country a right? Hasn't history shown that countries come and go, the natural order of things is change and disorder? Just because the UN felt guilty about the WW2 deaths, should there not be an LGBT country as well?

 
At 06 February, 2009 05:24, Blogger Rob said...

I had forgotten this post untiul just now. Gaarder clearly believes that Israel has outlived its shelf life: and he may not be wrong. I'll take my lead from the UN on that one though.

As for an LGBT country, what, you mean apart from the Netherlands? (:>)

 

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