The current Israeli elections will soon be over and a new government will be forming (Netanyahu is hotly tipped to win the most seats despite many corruption inquiries aimed at him). Despite the best attempts from opposition parties it looks like they will have difficulty gain any workable majority.
Benny Gantz Running As Netanyahu Lite
With the closest opposition party leader Benny Gantz boasting about how many Palestinians he killed during the 2014 war in Gaza, Israeli Arabs have been asking why they should bother voting for anyone?
Opposition parties had wanted to have televised debates to discuss the political issues on the table but they don’t seem to have materialized.
From an observer focus there has been little discussion of politics with most of the mass media focus drawn into personality contests and mud slinging.
That is not just the fault of the politicians involved, but in part because of the the mass media’s focus on those issues, this has seen an ugly slice of fake news headlines to the determent of any actual issues.
Highlighting Public Healthcare In Israel
For example Avi Gabbay the leader of the Labor party had in the last year visited over 20 hospitals across the whole country documenting the dire state of public healthcare in Israel. Drawing up a full report and creating a full party platform highlighting the topic he presented the data to the public.. only to be totally ignored by the mainstream press!
So how did Gabbay get some media attention?.. by attacking Netanyahu of racism. “It worked” many said; the mass media pricked its little ears up and printed stories, debates were sparked! So that formed the basis for the election campaign.
Gabbay instructed his staff: Whatever you think Netanyahu is capable of, go lower. They did their best, but, it has to be admitted, they faltered in the face of the master of falsehoods and dirt.
Netanyahu Receiving Support From Trump
2 days till Israeli elections and…
Yesterday Trump said Netanyahu is the the Prime Minister of American Jews
Does this mean I — am American Jew — somehow was just imbued will dual loyalty and dual citizenship and will no longer be denied entry to Israel? 🧐
— Ariel Gold 🔥💕 אריאל (@ArielElyseGold) April 7, 2019
The Only Candidate To Construct A Substance Full Policy Framework
Moshe Kahlon the leader of Kulanu also did his homework being possibly the only candidate who constructed a substance full policy framework and negative free campaign dealing with issues from today and for the future.. trying to work from this policy framework he was shut out by the mass media and shouted down.
Netanyahu Plays Election Trump Card
Netanyahu has just this week called for a push on settlements in the West Bank into Palestinian territory. In what many call a populist tactic similar to what we would expect to see from Trump.
Shameful populism from Netanyahu. The international community must make clear that no Israeli PM will be allowed to violate international law in this way. The US administration should realise this only moves peace in the Middle East further away. https://t.co/ywG8Dn81pC
— Guy Verhofstadt (@guyverhofstadt) April 7, 2019
“Jewish settlers of the West Bank can vote in Israeli elections, but Palestinians there cannot”https://t.co/B5cMk2UHOv
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) April 6, 2019
With Most Israeli Arabs Boycotting Elections
As usual most Israeli Arabs have openly stated they will be boycotting the elections as they think it will make no real difference to them. Many people are calling for this to change but few are expecting anything different.
The Israeli Arabs boycotting the elections are effectively voting for their future disenfranchisement: Opinion | Samuel Heilmanhttps://t.co/xpdJLW9DHG
— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) April 7, 2019
🔴Palestinians are pessimistic from the upcoming Israeli elections. Watch the video. pic.twitter.com/hLHKPzr71O
— Dr. Walid Amer (@DrWalidAmer1) April 5, 2019
So whether Netanyaho wins and allies with radical rightwing parties to form a government or Gantz wins to form a similar government. One thing is for sure – right wing politics is here to stay!