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Palestinian Hater Lieberman Determines Israel Government

The state of Israel has come a long way from its earlier days when liberal minded Labor leaders attempted to build a society which could live in peace with Palestinians. History will undoubtedly blame both the Labor party and inept corrupt Arab leaders like Arafat for creating the current mess in which a right wing fanatic who hates Palestinians and is demanding that a new Israel government destroy Hamas as a price for his fifteen pieces of delegates in the Knesset. Avigdor Lieberman is set to join the government of Benjamin Netanyahu but the price is a tough line toward Hamas and easing of rules about conversion and the issue of civil unions. He has threatened Netanyahu if his demands are not met he might hop over to the other side and join the Kadima group led by Tzipi Livni.

The mess that is now Israel has conservative orthodox groups opposing civil unions and not that enthusiastic about recognizing conversions to Judiasm fighting with a right wing nut like Lieberman who disagrees with their religious ideas but is a fanatic hater of Palestinians.

Is there anyway out of the chaos that has become Israel? Will Israel hasten its own destruction by voting for right wing fanatics who preach hate and violence?

Israel And Politics Of Right Wing Extremism

The people of Israel who long ago represented the forces of liberal socialism have turned to embrace the politics of right wing extremism. Avigdor Lieberman, a former night club owner and bouncer, surged to gain at least 15 seats in the Knesset and thus able to enjoy the power of determining the composition of the Israel cabinet. Tzipi Livini, leader of the middle right wing Kadima actually won the most seats for her Kadima party, but right wing conservative Bemjamin Netanyahu’s Likud only trailed her by one seat and he will be able to gain the support of the Lieberman’s of Israel in order to organize a government. Unfortunately, for whoever assumes leadership of Israel, they will have to court the support of conservative religious parties which seek to impose religious conformity on the nation.

The Israel people allowed fear rather than rational thinking to guide their electoral decisions. They were just like Americans in 2004 who backed Bush in order to secure what they believed was “national security.” Israelis will be disappointed when there is no progress towards peace and violence continues.