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Sun Mar 22, 2015, 05:46 AM


For liberal Israelis, Netanyahu's win is a reality check

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) Israeli liberals woke up after national elections with a demoralizing feeling: Most of the country, in a deep and possibly irreversible way, does not think like they do.

There had been a sense of urgency among moderate Israelis, and even an ounce of hope, that widespread frustration with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's six straight years in office would lead voters to pull Israel away from what they perceive as its rightward march toward international isolation, economic inequality and a dead end for peace with the Palestinians.

But as the results trickled in on Wednesday, they showed Likud with a shocking lead that has all but guaranteed Netanyahu a third consecutive term. Netanyahu called it a victory "against all odds." The liberals' optimism has been replaced with despair and an infuriating belief that the masses may never understand that logic shows the current path is suicidal...

The anger was about far more than the election, reflecting a larger and more dramatic battle for the heart of the country. Israel's founding fathers were Jews of Ashkenazi, or eastern European, descent and the ideological predecessors of the Labor party, the main faction in the rebranded Zionist Union. The left led the country for its first three decades until Likud heavily backed by working class Jews of Mizrahi, or Middle Eastern, descent gained power in 1977.

The Labor Party returned to power in the 1990s, leading the first efforts at peace with the Palestinians. But the Palestinian uprising in the early 2000s saw the return of hawkish rule, which in one form or another has lasted until today...


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Sun Mar 22, 2015, 08:07 AM

1. Now, the whole world knows why Netanyahu won.

So, Israel has to deal with it. Just as the Palestinians.
The Palestinians who exist, in defiance of what Netanyahu and the Israeli voters say.

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Sun Mar 22, 2015, 09:46 AM

2. Except Israel's path isn't suicidal.

It has carte blanche backing from the USA, no matter how badly it behaves.

It can and will continue to expand, and the main cost will be moral, not practical.

Sometimes the bad guys win.

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