Israel is anything but a democracy
I’M TIRED when Israeliphiles parrot-speak about Israel being the only “democracy in the Middle East” when it isn’t even a democracy.
Why? Permit me to elaborate just one live example.
The Knesset officially declares that Israeli democracy is for Jews only.
The Knesset (a 10-member group representing most parties) last week disqualified a bill moved by Israeli Palestinian parliamentarians from coming to a debate or vote.
The bill in question was named “Basic Law: Israel (is a) State of All Its Citizens.”
As the name hints at, the bill would have declared that Israel belongs not only to its Jews but to all its residents.
The Knesset decided the bill was too dangerous to come to a vote.
The bill was put forward by the Joint List, a mega-party composed of three Israeli-Palestinian parties, forced to run together because the Zionist majority hiked the percentage of votes needed for a seat in the Knesset to 4%, which none of the parties would pass individually, in an explicit attempt to ban them.
The chance of the bill passing even a preliminary reading was slim: similar to the chance that a baked pig, with an apple in its mouth, would spread its wings and fly.
That bill contains several articles meant to change the character of Israel from the national state of the Jewish people into a state which grants equal status, from the national point of view, to the Jewish nation and the Arab nation.
Israel isn’t and cannot be a democracy. A democratic country allows for a peaceful change of its form of regime.
Zionists in control of the Knesset like the Nats in South Africa under apartheid, struck down the option of parliamentary change.
There can be only one regime in Israel: a Jewish one. Demoracy is a surplus. There’s a Hebrew saying “medina Yehudit ve’democratit.” A state Jewish and democratic. But the “ve” meaning “and” precedes democratic. The state’s Jewishness is essential; democracy, less so. SABER AHMED JAZBHAY Newlands West