Politics in apartheid Israel have former Prime Minister warning of the “seeds of fascism”

Ehud BarakMarc Israel Sellem

A military affairs commentator interrupts his broadcast to deliver a monologue: I’m alarmed by what’s happening in Israel, he says, I think my children should leave.

Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak warns of “the seeds of fascism“. Moshe Arens, who served as defense minister three times, sees it as a turning point in Israeli politics and expects it to cause a “political earthquake”.

The past five days have produced tumult in Israeli politics, since conservative Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu unexpectedly turned his back on a deal to bring the center-left into his coalition and instead joined hands with far-right nationalist Avigdor Lieberman, one of his most virulent critics.

Lieberman, a West Bank settler, wants to be defense minister. So on Friday, Netanyahu’s former ally and confidant, Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon, resigned and quit Netanyahu’s Likud party in disgust…

Arens, who has served as defense minister, foreign minister and ambassador to the United States…said…”Yaalon’s ouster is likely to be a turning point in Israel’s political history,” he wrote in the left-leaning Haaretz newspaper. “A political earthquake is in the offing. It may take a little time, but it is coming. The law of unforeseen consequences is at work.”…

At a time when the command of the Israel Defense Forces is already at odds with the government over policies it feels are too hard-line, Lieberman’s appointment risks creating more tension between the political leadership and the military. Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank are on edge too.

“What has happened is a hostile takeover of the Israeli government by dangerous elements,” Ehud Barak, Israel’s most decorated soldier and a former defense minister following his spell as head of government…

Israel has been “infected by the seeds of fascism”, he said, adding that it should be “a red light for all of us regarding what’s going on in the government.”

Israel has become a mirror image of apartheid South Africa. A style of government by bigots which the United States once had the integrity to reject. Now, between conservative Democrats, rightwing Republicans, business-as-usual flunkies in both parties, there will be no reduction of military equipment or dollar$ for the Israeli government.

American electoral politics is as stuck into 1950’s political alliances as the White House is in fashioning a new Cold War in Asia. No matter that pro-Israel forces deliver no more real votes nationwide than leftover members of the Havana Yacht Club deliver in Florida. The imprint of how business is done in Congress and the White House requires matching policies in the Middle East.

Israel may officially move that fraction from Apartheid to Fascism. The Democrat and Republican Establishment will blather – and take away a few token privileges – and do nothing else.

One thought on “Politics in apartheid Israel have former Prime Minister warning of the “seeds of fascism”

  1. 4th Down says:

    “Palestinians still live under apartheid in Israel, 25 years after the Oslo accord” (Guardian) https://www.theguardian.com/profile/avi-shlaim Benjamin Netanyahu remains determined to create a nation-state for Jews, rather than a Jewish democratic state” says international relations professor Avi Shlaim.
    25 years on, Palestine sees Oslo Accords as ‘liability’ (Anadolu Agency) https://www.aa.com.tr/en/middle-east/25-years-on-palestine-sees-oslo-accords-as-liability-/1254237
    White House time warp over Palestine is an attempt to roll back Oslo deal (Jewish Chronicle) https://www.thejc.com/comment/analysis/white-house-time-warp-over-palestine-is-an-attempt-to-roll-back-oslo-deal-1.469760 “The Trump administration is reviving ideas to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict that were last in vogue in the 1980s, Anshel Pfeffer writes.”
    “UN bemoans unsustainable Palestinian economy : ‘Every year the situation becomes more and more unacceptable and difficult’” (Gulf News) https://gulfnews.com/news/mena/palestine/un-bemoans-unsustainable-palestinian-economy-1.2278010

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