Wednesday, September 22, 2010

A nation divided

The fact that his words were not very nice or wise, and that they are as politically as incorrect as can be, does not mean that what Bill Clinton said yesterday is totally untrue. Israel has become and is still becoming more and more ethnically divided, and those divisions are also - partly and increasingly - reflected in the views Israelis have on the current and future relations with their neighbors ( i.e. Jewish/non-Jewish/Arab Israelis and Palestinians ). You can see this in Bibi's coalition. The two parties that more than any other coalition partner make it hard for Nethanyahu to make any real change in Israel's policies and presence across the Green Line are both parties that have their main electoral basis within two distinctively ethno-religious parts of Israeli society: traditional and religious sefardi Jews ( Shas ) and Russian-speaking Jews and non-Jews ( Avigdor Lieberman's Israel Our Home ).

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