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Whoever wins the Israeli elections will oppress Palestinians

Issue No. 2138

Whatever the outcome of the elections in Israel, one thing is guaranteed – the Palestinians will find no respite from the endless war and oppression they face.

Whether the next Israeli prime minister is from Kadima, Labour, Likud or the Yisrael Beiteinu party, they all want to continue turfing Palestinians off their land and holding onto what they have seized.

Israel is often called the “only democracy in the Middle East”. This was always a myth, albeit a widely held one.

Hamas and the Palestinians are the only people in the region who can lay claim to such a title. In 2006, under the gaze of international observers, they held what observers called the “freest and fairest elections” in the Middle East.

The elections were won by Hamas, an organisation dedicated to defending the right of Palestinians to exist.

But the “international community” shunned the new government and stood back as Israel launched its murderous assault on Gaza.

Now the myth of Israel has melted away. It is a morally bankrupt apartheid state that is founded on the expulsion of the Palestinians. Whoever takes office will face the harsh reality that Israel is becoming increasingly isolated.

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What We Think
Tue 10 Feb 2009, 18:24 GMT
Issue No. 2138
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