During the past few months, political activists and members of the Palestinian intellectual elite within Israel, all of whom are Israeli citizens, have drafted four documents that articulate how they conceive the state's future. The underlying assumption of all of these documents is that as long as Israel is defined as a Jewish state, its laws will always fall short of basic democratic principles and, more particularly, the right of all its citizens to full equality.
Not long after the documents' publication, Israel's second-largest newspaper, Ma'ariv, reported a meeting between the head of the security agency, Yuval Diskin, and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. During the meeting Diskin warned Olmert that the radicalization of Israel's Arab citizens constitutes a "strategic threat to the state's existence." Diskin added that "the proliferation of the visionary documents published by the different Arab elites in Israel is particularly worrisome, [since] the documents are united by their conception of Israel as a state for all its citizens and not a Jewish state." The head of the security services concluded that "the separatist and subversive patterns represented by the elites might engender a new direction and mobilize the masses."
Balad sent a letter protesting Diskin's assertions, arguing that legitimate political activity whose aim is to change the state's character should not be considered subversive or dangerous. According to Ha'aretz, the Israeli Security Agency replied that it "would foil the activity of anyone seeking to harm Israel's Jewish or democratic character, even if that activity was carried out by legal means.
From the ME's only "democracy" comes another chilling tale of oppression, threats and subversion of basic democratic processes.
Israel is no democracy. Ask any Israeli to see a copy of a democratic states basic foundation, a constitution, and you'll be told Israel doesn't have a constitution.
Israel doesn't have a constitution nor does it wish to have one, for a constitution would get in the way by providing civil liberties and rights to ALL of its citizens, not just those with Jewish background.
Israel is not a democracy, but a Theocracy. Ask nearly any Jewish resident of Israel where they get the right to steal Palestinian, Syrian and Lebanese land and you'll be told that a god, created by their people, in a book written by their people, gave that land to the Jews.
Impeccable argument, eh? Absolutely not. Using the popular appeal of a religion to not only mask your atrocities, but to give them some kind of legitimacy, is using that same religion as a basis for your government.
Like the theocracy in Israel.
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