Yes, We Do Hate Democracy of White Phosphorus and DIME Bombs
Chief Editor of Ma'an News Agency
Date: 11 / 02 / 2009 Time: 11:31
Yes, Palestinians hate the Israeli democracy of white phosphorus and
DIME bombs, which killed hundreds of children and women in Gaza last
After the Israelis emptied their ammunition in Gaza, they headed to
election polls to empty their “electoral ammunition.”
Palestinians are watching these elections even before their wounds
healed, before they had a chance to rebuild their homes which Israeli
politicians have destroyed. The Palestinians are adamant that ‘there is
no difference between Barak, Lieberman, Livni and Bibi.’
Unfortunately, it seems more elections mean less democracy and likely
more wars in this region. I am afraid that after these Israeli
elections, the peoples of the region will go to their leaders and say,
“Please, we don’t want any more elections. Please stick to dictatorship
and avoid elections. We hate this democracy which results only in
shedding our blood and destroying our homes.”
Prior to the
formation of a new Israeli government, there are a number of
contradictions and ironies that should be pointed out, each of which
could be a title for a separate article:
* The relationship
between ammunition boxes and ballot boxes is being furthered.
The major competitors are the Likud’s Netanyahu, Kadima’s Livini, Israel
our Home’s Lieberman, and we have to keep in mind that all of them were,
historically, leaders in the Likud party.
* The crucial factor is
not elections, but formation of a government and what this government’s
political program will be. Three months ago, after the current prime
minister, Ehud Olmert, decided to resign under pressure, Livni failed to
form a government, and Netanyahu refused to seek a coalition, preferring
to shoot for victory in an election.
* While she was building a
coalition Livni rejected the conditions demanded by the ultra-orthodox
Shas party. Shas demanded a budget of 2 billion Shekels for religious
institutions. Elections cost 3 billion shekels, and after that the
winner will still be forced to go to Shas and its spiritual leader Rabbi
Ovaida Yosef in order to muster the seats for a coalition.
Neither Livni nor Netanyahu will manage to form a government without the
Labor party. So in a sense, even though Labor lost seats, the party can
consider itself a winner.
* Among the surprises of the election
campaign, which was based largely on anti-Arab incitement, Arab voters
may have played a key role in the outcome. One hour before polls were
closed, Israeli right wing leaders accused the Arabs of voting for
Kadima, providing the crucial margin in Livni’s victory.
real surprise came before the announcement of the results, when, two
months, ago Netanyahu called early elections thinking he could win at
least 40 seats, but it turned out that he is likely to get little more
than half this number.
* The Arabs are angry because the right
prevailed in the elections, as if the moderate Zionist left would offer
them better services. Would an overwhelming victory of the left make any
difference to Hamas? Would a victory of the extreme right make any
difference to the liberal leadership of the Palestine Liberation
* Tzipi Livni is a former agent of Israel’s
Mossad intelligence service. Netanyahu’s wife Sareh was also a Mossad
agent, so whoever wins, the Mossad women will have influence in the
* Ehud Barak was a friend of Netanyahu’s
brother, Yoni, and they worked together in the Israeli commandos. Yoni
was killed action in July 1976 when Israeli forces rescued hostages from
an airliner hijacked by the PFLP at Entebbe airport in Uganda. So,
Israeli commandos too, will have influence in the government.
Israeli election: Livni wins 28 seats, Netanyahu 27,
Parliamentary chaos as both declare victory
Date: 11 / 02 / 2009 Time: 09:48
Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni’s Kadima party appears to have
pulled off a narrow victory in Tuesday’s election, winning 28 seats in
the Knesset with Benjamin Netanyahu's right-wing Likud Party close
behind with 27.
Both Livni and Netanyahu, however, have claimed
victory and say that they are seeking to form governing coalitions.
With 99% of the vote counted, Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s Labor
party won 13 seats, while the extreme rightist Avigdor Lieberman's
Yisrael Beitenu party won 15.
Exit polls by Israel's three main
television networks on Tuesday night also pointed to a slim Kadima
Despite Kadima’s apparent victory, the right wing will
hold the balance of power in the coming Knesset, with rightist parties,
led by Likud, projected to control 63 to 64 seats in the 120-member
parliament. A center-left bloc headed by Livni will only hold 56 or 57.
The secular left-wing Meretz won only three seats. Right-wing
religious parties also won few seats. United Torah Judaism won five
seats, followed by the National Union with 4 and the Bayit Hayehudi with
three. The Israeli Arab party Ra'am Ta'al scored four seats and Balad
The Pensioners Party and the Green Movement-Meimad
each won just 1 percent of the total vote, just missing the threshold to
gain a seat in the Knesset.
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