Israeli election results: The tribe has spoken

An Israeli left-wing supporter holds a banner reading in Hebrew: ''corrupted the Israelis'' during a rally against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and government policies, on January 14, 2017, at the Rabin Square in the city of Tel Aviv (AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ)
An Israeli left-wing supporter holds a banner reading in Hebrew: ”corrupted the Israelis” during a rally against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and government policies, on January 14, 2017 in Tel Aviv. (photo: AFP / JACK GUEZ)
The choices in Israeli election sends a clear message that racism is politically correct and personal corruption is irrelevant.

By Gideon Levy | Information Clearing House | Mar 3, 2020

There is no left and no center in Israel, only an original right, and a right that is a cheap imitation.

You can be disgusted, you can be fearful, you can even be shocked, but you can’t deny his incredible talent: Benjamin Netanyahu the wizard struck again. Now he’s also an alchemist – take a serious indictment, scatter incitement, and win the admiration of the masses. You can be contemptuous, you can denounce it, you can even rise up against the nation that voted that way, but you have to respect its choice. To bow your head. It’s the will of the people. The people want Netanyahu.

The time has come to recognize that fact: Israel is right-wing, hard right. Racism is politically correct, personal corruption makes no difference, as long as you guarantee the continuation of Jewish supremacy, rule over another nation, arrogance and hatred. Peace, equality and justice are for the weak. Not for most Israelis. They said it loud and clear on Monday, more decisively than in the two previous election campaigns: Netanyahu is our king. Netanyahu is the king of most Israelis.

And on the opposite side, alas, on the opposite side – nothing. To the left of Netanyahu, absolute emptiness. An arid desert. Netanyahu deserves praise, but we cannot ignore the fact that opposite him stood an empty gate. An ideological void, a dearth of charisma. There is no left and no center in Israel, only an original right, and a right that is a cheap imitation. The people preferred the original. In Great Britain, there is a left. Even in the United States, there is still a left – but in Israel, the furthest left is the center, which is also close to inexistent.

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