July 15, 2019

Israel Has Changed. It Won't Stop Changing.

“This is the Bibi-Trump moment. The recent Israeli elections not only reinforced Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ironclad grip on his country’s political life, but affirmed the mutual benefits of the bromance between these two pillars of the global movement of illiberal democrats.

Netanyahu’s pro-settlement agenda pumps up President Trump’s evangelical base; and Trump bestows gifts that reinforce Netanyahu’s base (such as the embassy move to Jerusalem or recognition of Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights). In the process, the two seem to symbolize and even promote the end of the long reign of liberal democracy. Who today heralds the cherished ideals of the French Revolution: liberty, equality, and fraternity?

Are we indeed witnessing the end of democracy — and maybe history — as we know it? Sober-minded scholars such as Steven Levitsky, Daniel Ziblatt, and Yascha Mounk point to long-term trends that have eroded democratic principles and institutions. These trends suggest that the arc of history is bending away from principles of justice and equality toward a muscular and xenophobic majoritarianism.”

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