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In Israeli Politics, the Watchword Is: The Jewish Race Before All Else

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31.03.2020

If the MKs of the “bloc of 62” (Kahol Lavan, Yisrael Beiteinu, Labor-Gesher-Meretz and the Joint List) had all been of pure Jewish origin, Benny Gantz would be busy now dividing up the ministerial portfolios. But it was Gantz’s bad luck that nearly a quarter of his bloc were Arabs; the other bloc may have gotten 58 seats, four seats fewer, but the members of that bloc are all kosher Jews.

Benjamin Netanyahu nicely portrayed the racial map in Israel using a blue marker: 58 seats for the “Zionist right,” as he put it, and 47 seats for the “Zionist left.” He simply erased the 15 seats won by the Joint List. The entire political system (except for Labor-Gesher-Meretz) followed along with this racial map.

It’s true that Netanyahu spoke of Zionists, supposedly as believers in an ideology, but it was clear that he meant Jews; after all, if he had been talking about Zionists, he would have had to deduct from the right-wing bloc the 16 seats won by the ultra-Orthodox, who are anti-Zionist. But in the heat of racial segregation, who’s counting?

The question is, why is this ugliness only now being discovered?........

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