Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Where do Israel's political parties stand on the biggest elephant in the room?

Several million Israelis go to the polls today facing what to many may appear to be a bewildering array of choices.

Outside of Israel, the question on most people’s minds will be how a new government may address the conflict with Palestine, and their country's illegal settlements. As things stand, the answer seems likely to be “much the same as the last one”.

Many Israelis believe the West Bank is theirs by right and the settlements are illegal only in the eyes of the rest of the world, which should frankly mind its own business. And this is reflected in their political parties, who may differ on domestic policies, but offer no real solutions.

As the writer Gideon Levy has pointed out, the occupation is the "elephant in the room, but Israel believes that if nobody talks about it, the elephant does not exist". So, what are the parties actually offering? Full story...

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