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The Joint List Is Israel's Only Democratic Opposition

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The six Knesset members of the Joint List – five Palestinians and one anti-Zionist Jew – constitute the only democratic opposition to Israel’s new, right-wing government. The so-called opposition, consisting of Likud, the Haredi parties and the Judeo-Samarians of the Religious Zionism party, will gladly vote with the new government as long as it continues to rob Palestinians of their land, slash hospital budgets and bomb the Gaza Strip. The social-Zionist parties (Labor and Meretz), a minority in numbers and public impact, will be powerless to object. They are bound by coalition agreements and fear to disappoint their voters, who believe they have “received back the state” because the Haredim and Benjamin Netanyahu are no longer in power.

Meretz and Labor lawmakers have already shown how restricted they are in their enfeebled positions, by agreeing to Ayelet Shaked becoming interior and later justice minister, to Avigdor Lieberman being finance minister and to a fox (from Yamina) guarding the henhouse (that is, serving as minister of settlement affairs). Labor Party cabinet........

© Haaretz

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