Monday, February 16, 2009

Kurtzer Cuts Loose, Too Loose

In this campaign, what also came out rather dramatically was the degree to which he was trying to appeal to what can only be called racist tendencies on the part of some part of the electorate. What he talked about with respect to even Arab-Israeli citizens, this was not just an anti-Palestinian crusade on his part but very strong language and activities on the part of him and his party to separate the Israeli-Arab citizenry from the rest of the Israeli polity.

That misleading bit of information was provided to the readers of the New York Times by Daniel C. Kurtzer, S. Daniel Abraham Visiting Professor in Middle Eastern Policy Studies, Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. And former US Ambassador to Israel, by the way.

Let's look at his main accusation more closely as I have done previously at this blog.

to separate the Israeli-Arab citizenry from the rest of the Israeli polity

First all, judge for yourselves. Read this document (I and this news report), among many similar.

It is the radicalization of the Arab population which is now demanding themselves a form of separation, call it administrative autonomy or ethnic-community entity, that is causing a negative reaction by Israel's population, a reaction that benefited Lieberman's election campaign.

And acting to the negative benefit of the Arab's future in Israel.

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