Tony Greenstein | 08 February 2015 | Post Views:

There is nothing that Netanyahu’s done that Israeli Labour governments haven’t done before him

Those with short memories and an even shorter imagination believe that an Israeli Labour Party government will be a break from the Netanyahu government.  This despite the fact that the ILP has supported all the attacks on Gaza.
Now the leader of the ILP, Yitzhak Herzog, has reminded us of exactly what the Israeli Labour Party is like.  Haneen Zoabi, the Balad MK who was suspended from the Knesset because she has a habit of saying what the Zionists don’t like or approve of, has been the subject of concerted attempts to prevent her standing for election (yes this is the reality of Zionist democracy).  Up till now the decision of her fellow parliamentarians has always been overturned by the courts but there is no guarantee that the campaign against her won’t swing the increasingly right-wing Supreme Court.
Herzog and Livni

Herzog, as the article by Gideon Levy confirms, will now also be supporting the banning of Haneen Zoabi and he will ‘balance’ this by supporting the banning of an out and out Zionist Nazi.   Note Herzog doesn’t even propose that Ayelet Shaked and Moshe Feiglin, who have both called for genocide against the Palestinians, be prevented from standing again.

I also include an article I wrote over 30 years ago for Tribune, ‘Begin &Z Sharon have done nothing that Labour hasn’t done before them’ to remind people of the Israeli Labour Party’s record.

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The party that some hoped would defend Israeli democracy from attacks by the right wing has now joined the assault.

By Gideon
| Feb. 8, 2015 | 2:50 AM

Peres is back, his name is Isaac Herzog. The evil wind of Mapai is also
back, it’s called Zionist Camp. Appease, appease, appease everyone; set
your sights on the right, only
on the right, emulate it, stay away from any courageous step. Sometimes
one unfortunate decision is enough to learn how the whole thing works.
In the case of Zionist Camp it’s the decision to support
the disqualification of MK Haneen Zoabi 
(Joint List
[The Joint Arab election list formed recently. RG]) from running for the Knesset. With a left
like this, we don’t need Yisrael Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman anymore; Likud’s Yariv Levin will do just fine.
only hope that Zionist Camp had managed to create was that at least it
would stop the crushing of democracy by the right wing. People like
Herzog, MKs Tzipi Livni, Shelly Yacimovich,
Merav Michaeli and Stav Shaffir know a thing or two about the dangers
to democracy that lurk here. They also know that democracy’s real test
is in its attitude to the Arabs and the radical left. Now this last hope
has been dashed.
Zionist Camp disqualifies Zoabi, a brave, authentic and legitimate
candidate who hasn’t hurt a fly and who reflects the views of her
voters, the Arabs of Israel and lovers of democracy
will know: On this issue too, there is no difference between the right
wing and this left wing. After Herzog announced that “in the war on
terror there is no difference,” now there’s no difference in the war on
“Zoabis.” So what do we have this whole camp
for? For Manuel Trajtenberg [the economist identified with the 2011
social protests, now on the Zionist Camp ticket]?
first thing the Arabs of Israel and their representatives in the
Knesset must conclude is: No cooperation with Zionist Camp, not during
the election and not after it. No voting for
it and no recommending to the president that Herzog form the next
government. Herzog signed the divorce decree himself, having already
announced the exclusion of Joint List from his government. He has to pay
the price.
in its decision, Zionist Camp proved something much deeper and more
significant: In Israel of 2015, Zionism and democracy cannot go hand in
hand; there is an inner contradiction,
inherent and unavoidable, between contemporary Zionism and the rights
of Israel’s Arab minority, and there is of course also a deep
contradiction between “Jewish” and “democratic.”
that point of view, Zionist Camp has made a great contribution to the
truth: There is no such thing as “Jewish” and “democratic.” In its
decision, Zionist Camp has chosen “Jewish”
at the expense of “democratic”: Zionist Camp knows that behind the
decision to disqualify Zoabi is the transparent desire to remove all the
“Zoabis” from the Knesset. There is no such thing as a democracy, where
elected officials are prohibited from criticizing,
as Zoabi is accused of doing, a member of their own people for serving
in a police force that kills other members of their people.
a party that has chosen to call itself “Zionist Camp,” spitting in the
face of the Arabs, some of whom supported it in the past, cannot but
back the disqualification of an individual
who threatens the Zionist order and challenges Jewish privileges in a
distorted democracy. Zoabi should be disqualified, according to
Herzog-Livni, because she endangers the tottering ideological structure
on which their camp relies, which offers no solution
to the Palestinian problem nor an answer for the Arabs of Israel. This
camp knows only how to trick and mislead, in the best of its tradition.
Livni wants to reach a settlement, but only to realize her dream of a
Jewish state, a nationalist dream in every
sense of the word. And Herzog only wants more negotiations, so there
will be peace and quiet.
of the slight damage the Zionist Camp could incur, it hastened to
“balance” its decision: It will also support disqualification of
ultra-right-winger Baruch Marzel. This preposterous
balance, so typical, is even worse in its hypocrisy. The serial
criminal, the violent, convicted thug is to the Zionist Camp comparable
to Zoabi, who has never been convicted of anything. But trust Zionist
Camp and the Arab sycophants. Soon enough we’ll certainly
see Herzog and Livni touring the Arab communities, eatingknafeh, having photo ops with kafiyyeh-wearers and uttering pithy slogans about democracy, peace and equality.
Gideon Levy tweets at @levy_haaretz

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