Saturday, September 20, 2008

A spot of Israel ‘bashing’

The State of Israel is sometimes criticised as being ‘mired in militarism’, an assertion to which some apologists for Israel take exception.

One need not, however, go to any far-left source to find support for such an assertion. For a recent example, here’s an Israeli columnist for the Jerusalem Post:

...Israel is so oriented and so geared to the army, and army service, and fighting in wars, that it’s naturally what you would call a macho society...

Larry Derfner is discussing the hurdles faced by Israeli prime minister-elect, Tzipi Livni, in her bid to form government. He continues:

... and so a woman has certain hurdles to cross to be accepted as a legitimate leader in Israel.

Still, Israel is after all a liberal democracy, so Ms Livni shouldn’t have too much trouble crashing through the glass ceiling of Israeli politics, right?

... she’s the only woman in a sea of male leading politicians and contenders, that’s another thing that they don’t like about her or held a certain resentment against her. It was mentioned, the Shas ultra-orthodox party [a key member of the ruling coalition]. This is a Party — there are no women in the Shas Knesset list. There are no women in parliament on the Shas Party and that’s not an accident.

Shas is an Orthodox religious party that considers women not to be the equals of men in terms of running the affairs of the world. Tzipi Livni is not exactly blood of their blood.

Well, sure... even the most liberal of democracies will have influential sub-strata of unreconstructed political troglodytes, and Israel shouldn’t be expected to be an exception to the rule.

Ms Livni’s ascendancy is, at any rate, a promising development in a sometimes fraught polity, not least for her apparent commitment to ‘peace’ in the Arab-Israel conflict.

The worry is that Livni’s yet-to-be-proved ‘progressive’ agenda may in future become ‘wedged’ by possible future rivals for control of the Israeli ship of state — for instance, Benjamin Netanyahu who is on record as a supporter of political terrorism.

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