15 thoughts on “Israeli Election: There Was a Moment of Hope, Now It’s Gone – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. I think you are confused about how coalitions are made in Israel.

    At no point the Joint List had asked to be part of the government. It was a play to take down Bibi (which personally I hoped for and which you blamed me in the past for lying as if you know anything about me). The whole time the talks were about them giving support from the outside since Joint List didn’t want to be part of a government that will respond to attacks from Gaza.

    And by the way, in 1948 the Jews were the minority but you never pass an opportunity to make an inaccurate statement just b/c it sound good.

    1. @ Carmel yativ: I know as well or better than you how coalitions are made in Israel.

      Why the hell would Joint List “ask to be part of a government” when they know that not only would it never happen, but the Party inviting them would be disowned by the racist electorate. So of course they don’t ask to be in the government. If they knew their request would be responded to positively or affirmatively? Of course they would want to be in the government.

      It’s also laughable that you claim to know the internal deliberations of the Joint List and know why they did not want to be in the government. You made it up. But making shit up doesn’t pass muster here.

      In 1948 Jews were the minority…

      I have no idea what you’re talking about. I never said Jews were a majority in 1948.

  2. I was not the least bit surprised when I first read recently that this coalition or arrangement with the Joint List did not come about. Benny Gantz who a lot of liberal Jews naively put their faith in, never meant to include them. Except for when Yitzhak Rabin was Prime Minister during the mid 1990’s when he was seriously working for peace with then Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, the Israeli Palestinian parties have never been a part of any Israeli governing coalition. And of course Yitzhak Rabin was killed by a Jewish settler after his very powerful speech for peace in Tel Aviv, as the Israeli Shin Bet(more or less equivalent to the American Secret Service) let the assassin into the square where Rabin spoke. I never expect anything good coming from Israel.

  3. Richard, When Yitzhak Rabin was Prime Minister in the 1990’s, did not Israeli Palestinian parties have an arrangement with Rabin’s governing coalition in which they voted with the government in the Knesset? Just asking.

    1. @Walter: The articles I am reading say the last time Israel had Palestinian Parties playing any role directly or indirectly in the governing coalition was in 1976-77 (if I have the dates right). Haven’t heard any reference to this being true of his 2nd term as PM in the 90s.

      Not sure who’s right on this one. But I’ve heard the reference to the 70s so many times that I’m going to stick with that for now.

      It’s also possible that the Joint List was going to play a more integral role in this government than those parties did in the 90s. I know Joint List was going to chair some major Knesset committees.

  4. “ After all, Israel was founded in a fundamental betrayal of its non-Jewish minority: the Nakba”

    Your words…

    1. @ carmel yativ: How pathetic. Palestinians are now a minority. And they became a minority directly because of the Nakba expulsion of 1-million of them. It doesn’t matter whether they were a minority or majority in 1948. But if you want to include all the Palestinians in Israel and the Occupied Territories I concede they are a majority. And I’m looking forward to the time when there is a state of Palestine-Israel in which they are the majority. Then the sin of Nakba will have been redeemed. Keyn y’hi ratzon.

  5. Just terrible. We had such hope and it’s gone.
    “Don’t let it be forgot
    That once there was a spot
    For one brief shining moment
    That was known as Camelot”

  6. As far as I know there weren’t even any genuine Arab political parties within the Israeli political system in the 1970s, there were the socalled Arab satellite parties (cf wiki for introduction), but they were merely coopted lists mostly created by the Labor Party, and then different communist parties over time, dominated by Arab Palestinians just like Hadash today

    1. @ Jewdy:

      What proof do you have that 100,000,000 Arabs were expelled in 1948.

      1-million, you idiot. Not 100-million. For calling me a liar, you are moderated. Only comments which respect the comment rules, which you were directed to read and didn’t, will be published.

    1. @ Jewdy:

      Meant 1,000,000.

      You meant to write 1-million but wrote 100-million? How do you not distinguish the difference?

      How many credible historical accounts have you read or researched about the Nakba? None. So don’t ask me for proof. I’ve read these historical accounts.

      BTW, no Nakba denial here. It’s as bad as Holocaust denial. Read the comment rules if you intend to go there.

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