There has been much criticism by
The Netanyahu Government continues to grant permits for building Jewish settlements in areas designated for the establishment of a future Palestinian state. The freezing of settlements is cosmetic and limited.
It is business as usual and this means continuing the occupation.
The severe dent in
Netanyahu keeps on harping on the Iranian nuclear threat as a digression to avoid discussing the establishment of a future Palestinian state. This tactic is bound to fail in the end and will only increase the resolve of Islamist extremists such as Hamas, Hezbollah, Ahmadinajad's
How does this influence the thinking of the
Israelis who do not hold this Armageddon-like world view are considered traitors and are ostracized. There is a wind of religious Jewish fundamentalism surging through a large segment of the Israeli population and with it an unhealthy desire to delegitimize left wing Israelis. This also spells danger for the future of democracy in
The siege mentality is replacing reason and this is similar to the attitude of the majority of the white population in apartheid
At the time of writing,
Another indication that could be viewed as a threat to democracy is the witch hunt of journalists who have in their possession documents that are obtained from classified secret sources. These sources of information are suspected of being severe security risks. This can be problematic when viewed as a threat to security despite the fact that the information based on these sources was released for publication by the military censor. Surely this could be viewed as a potential threat to press freedom!
Another example of the siege mentality is the danger of expulsion of Palestinians from their homes in the occupied lands. A new military order is due to take effect this week enabling the army to deport tens of thousands of Palestinians from the West Bank and prosecute them on infiltration charges which carry long prison terms. Amira Hass of Haaretz exposed this. It bears the signature of Major Gen. Gadi Shamni who was commander of the IDF in Judea and