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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:08 pm 
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Netanyahu boosts racist far-right party with pre-election deal

After two weeks of efforts, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu succeeded in forming a united ultra right-wing party that will run in the April 9 elections, paving the way for Jewish supremacists from the "Jewish Power" party to make it into the next Knesset.

Why it matters: This is an unprecedented development in Israel's history and is equivalent to a U.S. president cutting a political deal with David Duke, the former KKK leader. The prime minister and the ruling Likud Party are legitimizing a racist, xenophobic and homophobic fringe party in hopes of bolstering a right-wing bloc after the elections.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:38 pm 
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The Kahanists/Kach party were banned in Israel. Then they did like so many other groups and rebranded themselves with a more inocuous name and identity. "Jewish Power". They should still be banned, but they slipped out from under it by changing the party's name, but if you read about the backgrounds of the MPs, not their ideology.

It's interesting. The Israelis are going to be facing a stark choice in April with Netanyahu allied with those folks (though their merger into Jewish Home). The opposition to Netanyahu, at least the center opposition, as the left has largely collapsed from infighting (hmmm does that sound familiar), has now unified.... which is a good thing. Now more than ever, I believe Netanyahu must be defeated.

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 21, 2019 4:58 pm 
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Most polls are now saying that for the first time in a decade, the center/left has a decent chance of defeating Netanyahu and his coalition. I believe they are currently ahead in the polls. But we'll see what happens come election time.

The new merger, though has also thrown the right into chaos. Some of those in his coalition have left over this. Others have said they wont work in a government with the "kahanists". The agreement itself is absurd, allowing pretty much anyone to break it right after the election.

Power does odd things to people and they take positions and actions just to gain power. I've always felt that Netanyahu was more about political power and expediency than policy (which in many ways is more dangerous. Certainly more nefarious.)

But again, a caution, let's not confuse American politics with Israeli politics. Recent polls show that only 11 percent rate the Arab-Israeli conflict as the primary concern in election. By far, economics is more important. Right/left issues aren't the same as in the US. Also shows the sometimes negative sides of parliamentary systems.


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 24, 2019 8:44 pm 
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BTW: both AIPAC and the AJC condemned this move.

AIPAC, AJC ISSUE RARE REBUKE OF NETANYAHU FOR DRAWING IN EXTREMISTS
The move could see Otzma Yehudit in parliament for the first time and, conceivably, in a governing coalition.
https://www.jpost.com/American-Politics ... ent-581539

America’s largest Israel advocacy organizations issued an extraordinary rebuke of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government on Friday, responding to his move to ally with an extremist party under intense political pressure ahead of the April 9 election.

On Wednesday, Netanyahu supported an agreement between Bayit Yehudi and Otzma Yehudit, an offshoot of a racist political movement that has been designated a terrorist organization abroad and banned from Knesset lists since the 1980s.

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Equally unusual was the decision by AIPAC to endorse AJC’s statement in full by retweet.

“We agree with AJC,” the American Israel Public Affairs Committee stated. “AIPAC has a long-standing policy not to meet with members of this racist and reprehensible party.”

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Blue and White’s prime ministerial candidate Benny Gantz said, “The rare statement issued by AIPAC, an organization which seldom deals with internal Israeli politics, proves that Netanyahu has yet again crossed an ethical boundary in an attempt to hold on to his seat while severely damaging the Israeli spirit, Jewish morals, and our important relationship with US Jewry.”

Gantz’s partner in Blue and White, Yair Lapid wrote on Twitter that “Netanyahu caused huge damage to Israel’s image in the world and is wiling to endanger our democracy.” He added that “when our closest friends feel they must condemn us, it is clear to everyone that a redline has been crossed.”

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This could have been Bibi's Waterloo. When you've lost AIPAC ...

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