Moses turned the Nile red. Jesus turned water into wine. But Israel is doing one better. It’s kashering fascism. Back in the old days fascism was treif. If you were a fascist you were beyond the pale.
Now, the incoming Judeo-Nazi government says: we have every right to turn this country into a Jewish version of Nazi Germany because…we won an election fair and square. Here’s a lesson for all you college political science majors: you can, according to this theory, have fascism that is OK, as long as it is democratically elected.
This comment left here by one of this breed is an exemplar of this thinking:
…The incoming government is going to…right all the wrongs that have been implemented now for decades. It will not be to your liking, but it will be the result of a dulely [sic] elected government. If the people of Israel do not like what is done, next time around they’ll vote for others. But if Israelis do like what’s been done, they will be reelected. That’s the way democracy is. I would respectfully suggest that you accept this.
There are two glaring problems with this claim: first, no one “democratically elected” these 13 fascist MKs, who ran under the party banner of “Jewish Power” (a slogan reeking of Kahanism), to be a minister let alone run the government. The only thing the voters elected them to do was sit in the Knesset. It was Bibi Netanyahu, desperate to form a governing coalition that would return him to power and stifle the looming corruption trial, who “made” them. Without Bibi’s presto-chango political magic act, they would be nobody back-benchers.
The second problem is even more troubling: if we follow this claim to its logical conclusion, then another horrific leader of the last century was “democratically elected.” That’s right, Adolf Hitler. His Nazi Party won the most seats in the 1932 election and he became Chancellor. When Hitler chose to abolish elections and rule as dictator, he too claimed it was the will of the people who elected him. Except no German elected him to be Fuhrer (though of course, many Germans did support him for most of the era of the Third Reich).
This is what can happen when fascists and Nazis “win” an election.
Not to mention that many countries claim to be democracies because they hold elections. But they aren’t and the elections they hold are a sham. Russia, Belarus, Hungary, Algeria, etc. They all claim to be freely elected by “the people.” They claim their fascist agenda has been ratified by a vote of the people. But has it? In other words, elections≠democracy.
In case, you wonder what’s the latest outrage on the Israeli fascist agenda: one of them is the repeal of the anti-discrimination law. These fascists are reading from the MAGA handbook. They claim that ultra-Orthodox Jews may discriminate against anyone based on a “religious exemption.” They even read the US Supreme Court Hobby Lobby decision granting a similar right!
Incoming minister, Hebron colonist, and theo-fascist, Orit Strock declares it her life’s work to save doctors from the odious burden of treating LGBTQ patients. God told her so:
…It is inconceivable to force a Jewish doctor to violate Jewish law in a Jewish state “that was established after 2000 years of exile due to Jews who sacrificed their lives for the fulfilment [sic] of Torah”.
All of which proves that she doesn’t give two shits about medicine. The only thing she cares about is a God of Vengeance, who commands every decent Jew to stone Sodomites to death.
Another one of her colleagues declared if you own a hotel and don’t want a convention of LGBTQ people as guests, that’s kosher as far as he’s concerned: go with God. Yet another incoming religio-fascist MK who will be a senior official in the ] ministry, wants to prohibit women from serving in the army. Others want to prohibit women from public transportation, except on segregated buses.
Their ultimate goal is a Jewish theocracy governed not by democratic laws, but by halacha, Jewish law, with a divine seal of approval. But the way they get there is via “democracy.” The people of Israel will elect them to impose theocracy upon them. That makes the whole thing kosher.
These ultra-Orthodox con men and women do not believe in democracy. For them, it is a means toward an end. Just as a democratic election was, for Hitler, a means to power. In a truly democratic society, it is an end in itself.
Netanyahu has protested that none of these proposals will become law. He will see to it. However, Netanyahu’s position in his own government is so weak, and the power of the fascists so strong, that he may have no choice but to accede. But even if he is right, Judeo-fascists will run the Knesset agenda. There will be nothing but these horror-show bills for the next four years–or however long this God-forsaken government lasts.
The Biden administration has made tremendous strides in meeting the threat of Israeli fascism: it may declare that any Israeli accused of incitement or violence against Palestinians will be denied US entry. This will, without doubt, make Israeli settlers run with their tail between their legs. It will strike fear in their hearts and persuade Israelis to turn away from the fascist path. Without a doubt. But seriously, Biden is useless. Blinken–useless. The entire US political system: useless. Jewish communal groups: useless. Even the progressive Democratic caucus: slightly less than useless.