Netanyahu opting for a Jewish state is by definition anti-democratic. The extremist right-wing parties in Israel’s government are demonstrating fascism daily including censorship and limiting free press. After 9/11, it’s Israel which abuses the War on Terror for its self-interest and has an established policy of causing chaos in the Middle East. Time and again, US foreign policy is defeated because of adoration of Israel’s politicians, use by the White House of advisors with dual citizenship and quite naturally the AIPAC lobbyists roaming US Congress.
○ Evangelicals Turn Fear of Islamofascism into ‘Family Value’ and Campaign Issue | Tikun Olam | Nov. 2, 2007
○ Evangelicals and GOP: Islam is incompatible with Western democracy
Is Islam Compatible With Democracy? | Huff Post | by Alon Ben-Meir
Christianity and Judaism, being monotheistic, are no less inheritors of this stratified and centralized power paradigm, but unlike Islam these religions were effectively secularized and toned down during the century of the European Enlightenment.
Thinkers like Descartes, Locke, Spinoza, Kant, Voltaire, Rousseau, Hume, and Hegel paved the way for Marx, Schopenhauer, Buber, and Sartre to challenge conventional approaches to religious ideologies and political formations.
Traditional monotheism, with its highly categorized view of man and God, may not in itself be wholly compatible with democracy, but modern Western monotheism gradually molded itself to new ways of thinking during the Renaissance and the Enlightenment, and was certainly forced to do so amid rapid scientific and technological advances.
Is Israel with occupied territories a democracy? The world and Israel’s neighbours don’t think so even though the Internet is crowd funded by the PM Office with hasbara students to offer bs comments.
Plans to destroy a Palestinian village | Susiya: Injustice on Display|
Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu is holding together his fragile parliamentary coalition by backing the demands of the aggressive settlers encroaching on Palestinian lands, with one dramatic case the plan to demolish the Palestinian village of Susiya, writes Alon Ben-Meir.
The pending order to demolish the small Palestinian village of Susiya in the southern Judean Mountains in the occupied West Bank represents a most blatant violation of human rights. The order calls for the forcible removal of several hundred Palestinians who have been living on their land from the time of the Ottoman Empire and still have the ownership deeds to prove their claim.
The real reason is that Netanyahu is leading a coalition government which is committed to preventing the Palestinians from building anywhere in Area C, which represents 61 percent of the West Bank, and is openly seeking its outright annexation.
This policy is repeatedly reinforced by the government’s refusal to grant building permits to Susiya residents, when at the same time it is providing all the funding for facilities and security to a religious communal Israeli settlement established in 1986 with the same name only a short distance south of Palestinian Susiya.
It is hard to express how outrageous the behavior of Netanyahu’s government is when only hours after Israel’s High Court of Justice ordered the demolition of two illegally-built structures in the West Bank settlement of Beit El, Netanyahu authorized the immediate construction of 300 units in the same settlement. [Was High Court decision the match that lit the molotoc cocktail thrown by hilltop settler youths in a deadly arson attack killing a Palestinian family? – Oui]
In response to the Court ruling, Naftali Bennett, the leader of the ultra-conservative Jewish Home party, said: “This is an unfortunate ruling by the High Court…[that] will bring about a wave of construction across the settlements.” Bennett’s statement was strongly echoed by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, no less, who said that while the Court order must be accepted, they will immediately rebuild: “This is the Jewish way — you don’t lose hope and you keep building, building, building.”
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Israeli police block Jewish settlers protesting against the demolition of
two buildings in Beit El in the occupied West Bank. (Photo: Emil Salman/Reuters)
Police, Settlers Clash as Illegal West Bank Structures Demolished | Haaretz | July 29, 2015 |
● Court rejects appeal to prevent demolition in Beit El
● Netanyahu approves new housing units
● Habayit Hayehudi MK: It is the High Court that should be demolished
In addition, Netanyahu advanced plans building in Jerusalem neighborhoods over the Green Llne that included, 115 units in Pisgat Ze’ev, 300 units in Ramot, 70 units in Gilo, and 19 units in Har Homa.
The Palestinian Authority and the European Union immediately condemned the construction. Nabil Abu Rudaineh, spokesman for the PA presidency, said the decision would sabotage US and EU efforts to resume the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians.
“This requires a quick intervention by the international community to stop dangerous Israeli policies that could lead to further deterioration,” he said. “The decision also represents a message that Israel is not interested in peace or any efforts to create a climate that paves the way for peace.”