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Israelis, Demonstrating Isn’t Enough – Strike!

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu abhors strikes. In his failed coalition negotiations following the April 9 election, he was presented with a proposal that would narrow the right to strike. He knows why.

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Strikes are the most effective bargaining chip that working people have in the face of the power of money and government. Worse than that, they undermine the appearance of normality and restore civilian sector issues to the public agenda.

In Netanyahu’s world, limiting the right to strike would be good for the population and the current wonderful situation. But in the real world, the situation has been awful for quite some time and people have had enough with the pretense.

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The world in which Netanyahu lives and is nurtured is like a hologram. Everyone knows that the political agenda has long since been turned into a virtual parallel universe, engineered using algorithms that are the product of campaign managers, pollsters, ratings and social media. It involves a few strong business sectors that reinforce one another and shape a hermetic form of political discourse that is divorced from reality.

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