Kadima, therefore, is a disaster for democracy. The totalitarianism gaining the upper hand in our lives – which is mostly of a racist character – has to do with the fact that between Kadima (“center-left” ) and Yisrael Beiteinu on the extreme right there is really no difference. The disappearance of Meretz and the racist ignoring of the Arab public of voters and its representatives in the Knesset are underlining even further how close Israel is to being a single-party state.
we are in effect ruled by a single party, the State Party, with its branches: Likud-Mizrahi (Jews of Middle Eastern descent ), Likud-Russian, Likud-career officers and Labor, Likud-ultra-Orthodox and Likud in its two “authentic” embodiments: Kadima and Likud.
Meretz voters – the last Jewish opposition public – voted en masse for the right-wing Kadima. Their indifference to this turnaround began back when their party supported Operation Cast Lead. Security-oriented, gung-ho pricks are more convincing in times of bloodbaths. Now the smart alecks are asking us how it could be that the process of becoming fascist doesn’t require a dictatorship and prisons.
And indeed, Israeli democracy is a military dictatorship of more than 43 years beyond the Green Line.