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The Year That Shook All Our Assumptions on Israeli Politics

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Certain major perceptions that had been defining our lives until now are being smashed to smithereens.

There’s the assumption that the Israeli government couldn’t rely on the Arab parties as partners, at least partial ones, in running the country; the assumption that Arab citizens, and particularly their political representatives, aren’t capable of freeing themselves from fiery language and hostile alienation from the Jewish public; the assumption that Avigdor Lieberman is only capable of deception and at the moment of truth, in return for appropriate political compensation, he will return to assure the continued reign of Benjamin Netanyahu; the assumption that “the people in Israel are shifting rightward,” and thus Likud would control our lives forever and any other political trend was doomed to failure; the assumption that those with an in-depth understanding of the eternal rule of the right would surely turn the right-wing propagandists into media stars, giving Yair........

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