Monday, March 23, 2009

Israeli Politics, Still Without A Government

The Israeli elections have long since come and gone, but a government has yet to be formed. Papers and blogs around the world are speaking of a right-wing extremist government, but what is really happening?

My Filtrbox updates have been scaring me since the Gaza Operation. Its turned into a daily parade of war-crimes accusations, conspiracy theories, and characterizations of the new Israeli government as radical, right-wing extremists.

Far from a dramatic move towards the right-wing, Israeli politics has decided shifted towards the center, or so says Donniel Hartman of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.

Hartman argues that the right-wing's inability to form a government is a clear sign that there is no consensus on that side of the spectrum. Further, he notes that the more extreme right parties have not been asked to join the government.

Read the whole article here

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