Here Alexander Mercouris is analyzing the reasons for the political unrest in Israel. I would provide another point of view.
According to Alexander, the main reason for push against Netanyahu is his failures to bring home results on diplomatic fronts with US, the “East” (Russia, China etc.) and especially the Muslim Middle East.
For me it is obvious the reason must be more complicated. First of all, majority of Israeli citizens don’t care much about those diplomatic attempts, as they have no practical outcome for them at all.
The protesters stated agenda is “protecting the democracy” against the judicial reforms initiated by the current coalition. This stated goal of protests is oxymoronic, since the members of judicial system who aren’t appointed via democratic election process, instead chosen by their peers (i.e. representative of the Israeli “elites”). The government, on the other hand, is built by the parliamentary majority coalition — the Knesset being the only entity in Israeli state which members are democratically elected (at least the top members around whom the political parties function).
So, in fact what we have is the attempt by the minority to influence (and, ultimately, overthrow) the democratically elected Knesset and the government which represents the majority of the voters.
This fact, along with the nature of protests, imply financial and organizational measures which are extremely uncharacteristic of spontaneous popular protests. Instead, those protests have strong resemblance of the “velvet” revolutions around the non-Western world, led by globalist and neocon/neoliberal forces, best personified by people like Soros and Nuland.
In other words, Israeli “left” “elites” have aligned themselves with foreign globalists in order to overthrow Netanyahu and his “right” government. The reasons could vary, from the conservative values imposed by the Netanyahu’s main political allies — the ultraorthodox parties (which, naturally, goes against the “post-traditional” values of globalists), to the unwillingness to cut ties with Russia and supply weapons to UA (which is also opposed to the globalist agenda). It stands to reason that there are even more important issues which are less visible from the outside, but ultimately always playing an important part in almost any internal power struggles — the control of the state and private financial systems.
That being said, I don’t believe there is understanding amongst the wider Israeli public regarding this issue. Instead, it is presented (as usual) as the fight of “good against evil”, Netanyahu being painted as the evil tyrant, seeking to destroy Israeli democracy and “Western values”. While Netanyahu has obvious tendencies towards authoritarianism, for his it is merely a mean to hold to power and not a genuine attempt to undermine the democratic nature of the State of Israel. The same as the “democratic values” are not the real reason behind the protests.
It is merely a fight for power between Israeli elites, the ones that are aligned to globalists and the ones which seek power, more independent of foreign actors. What being said, Netanyahu enjoys more public support than any of his political opponents. Yet it is worthy to notice that large populations in Israel are not represented in this struggle for power at all. Mainly because they have no political parties that represent them.
The far most large of those groups or “communities” are the Russian-speaking Jews who arrived “en masse” just before of soon after the collapse of the USSR. Comprising about the forth of the total Jewish population in Israel, they have no party or prominent political figure to represent them. Ethiopic Jews are another large population what doesn’t get any representation, outside of some “token” individuals, strategically placed in some political parties. Instead of allowing any true representation for these communities to exist, the elites on both sides of the current “Save the democracy” issue prefer to keep them down and lead short campaigns of public-opinion manipulation via mass media to influence their votes just before elections. Immediately after which they return to being third-class citizens (second-class citizenship is reserved for non-Jewish minorities).
If so, both, the Netanyahu camp and the opposition, are two different sides of one “elitist” coin. In last two or three decades, political system in Israel ceased to be a ideologically-centered one, instead forming parties around political figures in order to promote their personal agendas and interests, as well as interests of the aligned groups or encapsulated “communities”. While Netanyahu’s government enjoys marginally larger public support than the entirety of his opposition, in reality non of them represent the core interests of the nation or the majority of its population.
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