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Polarization Isn’t the Reason for Israel’s Third Election

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We are in a profound national crisis, the national mood says. People despise one another. This crisis, many fine folks believe, is a greater threat to Israel than all the enemies that surround it. We’ve reached the point, I hear in meetings with individuals and groups, where we’ve lost our Zionist and national common denominators.

Just read what people are writing in the newspapers and on social media, and listen to what they’re saying on radio and television: Israelis are hopelessly polarized. And polarization breeds hate. The right hates the left and the left hates the right. According to the popular wisdom, the inability to reach even a minimum agreement between the camps has led us from one election to another. The Zionist project is on the brink of collapse.

Yes, a few leading figures from the successful and educated classes are awash with sick hatred of the right, especially the settler right – to the point of encouraging murderous terror against it. (Also) because Meretz is the political home of these people, and the groups that admire them, this left-wing party was about........

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