Editor, The Times:
“Democracy is the worst form of government, except for all the others that have been tried.” – Winston Churchill
The nation of Israel is the latest of the democracies to prove the wisdom of Churhill’s saying.
The recent re-election of Benjamin Netanyahu now ensures the continuation of strife and turmoil, of the two-faced stance of the Israeli government on Iran’s nuclear program while having possibly 200 uncounted nuclear weapons, and the expansion of settlements into what postage stamp land the Palestinians still have left.
Whether Isaac Herzog and his crowd of somewhat more to the left bunch would have done that much better is something we won’t know now.
In order to retain power, the Likud has pandered to the extreme fundamentalist element in Israeli society.
Frosty relations with the Obama government will continue. However, it is only a matter of time before the right gets back into power south of the border. They already have control of both houses of Congress – just the presidency to go.
Of course, there is the deplorable “Israel is always 100 per cent right” stand of the Harper government, but then what can one expect?
Don’t get me wrong. Israel has a right to exist. However, by re-electing Likud, the Israelis have, to paraphrase Winston Churchill again, placed security over justice – and will get neither.