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11 april 2016

Israël: hoe Likoed afgleed naar extreemrechts

How the once-moderate Likud was radicalized
Door Mazal Mualem, AL Monitor, 8 april 2016

During [...]  [the 2013 ] campaign, Netanyahu wanted to present to the public a popular and soft-core right-wing-leaning party. To this end, he pulled out all the stops to prevent far-right Likud member Moshe Feiglin from being elected to a realistic spot on the party’s slate.

[...] In the [...] elections in 2013, Feiglin secured a realistic spot on the slate (ranked 23) and became a Knesset member. In that campaign, the so-called princes [...] Begin and Meridor were punished for trying to defend the rule of law.

The Likud slate was painted at the time in radical right-wing colors, and not just because of Feiglin. Other Knesset members associated with the settlers, such as current Minister of Immigration and Absorption Zeev Elkin, Tourism Minister Yariv Levin, Israel's UN envoy Danny Danon and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Tzipi Hotovely, were also ranked relatively high.

Surprisingly, Feiglin turned out to be a rather low-key lawmaker who did not stir the pot. He preferred to deal with road accidents instead of tackling ideological matters, and this focus could be why on the eve of the March 2015 elections Feiglin was unable to secure a realistic spot on the party slate, leaving the Likud and vanishing into thin air. Netanyahu, however, found himself with a Likud whose top leaders were turning out to be just as right wing as the man he had persecuted for years, arguing that he would chase away centrist and soft-right voters.

This introduction is necessary to explain just how much the Likud has transformed. It appears that in recent months — since the outbreak of the wave of terror in October — the process of turning the Likud from a liberal right-wing party into one with a clear radical right orientation is nearing completion.

[...] The change is most conspicuous in the party’s top leaders and ministers, who too often sound like clones of HaBayit HaYehudi Chair Naftali Bennett.

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Why a Broad Section of the Israeli Public is Pushing Netanyahu to Defend a Murderer Caught on Video
Door David Sheen, AlterNet, 28 maart 2016

[...] One day after the incident, an analysis of social media revealed that half of the Israeli public supported the actions of the soldier who killed al-Sharif, while the other half was critical of his actions. Two days later, once Netanyahu publicly changed his tune, a second analysis of social media revealed that 82% of the public now supported the actions of the soldier.
An online petition in Hebrew calling upon the Israeli leadership to award the soldier with a medal has already garnered over 50,000 signatures in just four days.

[...] Over the course of the weekend, it emerged that the Israeli soldier who killed Abed al-Fattah Yusri al-Sharif is, unsurprisingly, an avowed racist and Jewish supremacist. In 2014, the soldier wrote on Facebook “Kahane was right,” a reference to Meir Kahane, the late leader of Israel’s far-right, and his call to ethnically cleanse Israel of non-Jews in general and Palestinians specifically.

Video Inside Tel Aviv’s "Death to the Arabs" rally
Door Dan Cohen en David Sheen, Electronic Intifada, 22 april 2016

Netanyahu keurt nazivergelijking generaal af
Trouw, 8 mei 2016

Generaal-majoor Yair Golan: "Als er iets is dat me beangstigt aan de Holocaustherdenking, is het de herkenning van de misselijkmakende processen die toen in Europa en Duitsland plaatsvonden, dat tekenen van diezelfde processen hier [in het Israël van nu; K] in 2016 te zien zijn".

Is Israel inching closer to fascism?
Door Akiva Eldar, AI Monitor, 10 mei 2016

[...]  It's a gradual process. We have yet to cross the red line, but we are dangerously close. We are at the height of an erosion process of the liberal values on which our society is based. Those who regard liberal values as a danger to the nation, the homeland and the Jewish state are the ones currently in power.

Shocked By Rise of Jewish Extremism in Israel, Maverick Rabbi Denounces Discriminatory Laws
Door David Sheen, AlterNet, 21 mei 2016

Conservative Movement rabbis vote unanimously to nullify religious edicts that discriminate against non-Jewish people.

Outgoing Defense Minister Ya'alon: Extremists Have Taken Over Israel
Door Jonathan Lis, Haaretz, 20 mei 2016

'I recently found myself in strong disagreement with the prime minister on moral and professional issues,' Ya'alon says of his resignation from politics.

Deze kolonist gaat nu over de bezette gebieden
Door Derk Walters, NRC, 25 mei 2016

Met de benoeming van Avigdor Lieberman tot minister van Defensie krijgt Netanyahu een stabieler kabinet. De prijs is hoog.

Extreme Takeover: Why Many Are Calling Israel's New Government the 'Most Racist' in History
Door David Sheen, AlerNet, 24 mei 2016

Major establishment figures are warning of parallels to Nazi Germany as Netanyahu assembles far-right coalition.

The End of the Old Israel. How Netanyahu Has Transformed the Nation
Door Aluf Benn, Foreign Affairs, 8 juni 2016

Israel—at least the largely secular and progressive version of Israel that once captured the world’s imagination—is over. Although that Israel was always in some ways a fantasy, the myth was at least grounded in reality. Today that reality has changed, and the country that has replaced it is profoundly different from the one its founders imagined almost 70 years ago.

Naar het veelbelovende land. De Israël-cultus van radicaal-rechts
Door Koen Vossen, De Groene Amsterdammer, 22 juini 2016

[...] dat nu ook Likud-politici bereid zijn om vertegenwoordigers van die [extreemrechtse Europese] partijen te ontvangen, toont aan hoezeer die partij is veranderd. Het zal er zeker ook mee te maken hebben dat oudgedienden als Jörg Haider en Jean Marie Le Pen uit beeld zijn verdwenen. Maar onder Netanyahu is Likud ook erg geradicaliseerd. Vroeger kon je Likud een nationalistische, conservatief-liberale partij noemen en er zijn zeker nog steeds Likudniks die je daar kunt plaatsen, zoals de huidige president Reuven Rivlin. Maar onder Netanyahu is de hoofdstroom binnen Likud radicaal-rechts geworden en is het verschil met de partij van Lieberman veel kleiner geworden. Racistische uitspraken zijn inmiddels tamelijk normaal.

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