Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Voters who believe that occupation ( and the corruption, poverty, violence and everything else that is directly or partly related to this country not having proper borders ) is a Jewish value should vote Likud, apparently. As always, Yossi Sarid said it very well. If the quotes Mr Sarid uses are correct, the nr 20 on the Likud list for the upcoming Knesset elections seems to have a more than average, unhealthy admiration for Adolf Hitler. That Moshe Feiglin will be an MK is not suprising, nor should it be worrisome if it was an isolated fact. What is troubling, though, is that many if not most of the Likud representatives in the next Knesset - and government - are active or passive members of the settler lobby. The editors of Ha'Aretz are right when they point out that Israeli voters will have a clear choice in two months: an endless continuation of the occupation - with all that that entails - or at least the possibility of one day seeing the light at the end of the occupation tunnel. No matter how hard Binyamin Nethanyahu tries to convince us that he offers the best chances for succesful peace negotiations, his party has once again become very, very rightwing. Most of the candidates who will probably become MKs or even members of government after February will make it virtually impossible for any PM - Bibi, most likely - to make any concessions that are a conditio sine qua non for any feasible peace agreement. If this Likud list will form the basis for the next Israeli government, selling Israel's policies abroad might become an almost impossible job, even more difficult than it is today. On the other hand, I often get the impression that many of those who work in hasbara these days are quite rightwing themselves anyway ( which is one of the many reasons why they are so 'successful'; one thing is for sure: leftwing Zionists like me are a silent/silenced/invisible minority among masbirim ), so maybe defending and explaining the ideas of Moshe Feiglin, Benny Begin, Reuven Rivlin and Moshe Yaalon will come naturally to them.
Posted by Bert at 9:15 PM