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Who really rules Israel?

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by 2 Timothy2:1-4, Sep 29, 2007.

  1. 2 Timothy2:1-4

    2 Timothy2:1-4 New Member

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    In light of the battle between Olmert, Netanyahu and Barak for the next premiership, the public debate focuses on the question on who of these three politicians is the "strong leader" many Israelis yearn for. At the same time, the failures of all Israeli leaders throughout history and their inability to implement their policies are attributed to a series of elements, including political instability, the plethora of parties, and the low popularity of all government institutions.


    However, despite the weakness of leaders and the Knesset, policy is still formulated and decisions are still being taken both on the diplomatic and local level. This gives rise to the following question: Who rules the State of Israel? If we closely examine the state of our political system, and particularly the question of who rules Israel in practice, which is something that is not done often, a disturbing picture emerges:

    Four informal "networks," which are unelected and often act surreptitiously, rule Israel, with "strong leaders" associated with them to some extent and even being controlled by them. The membership of these networks is not permanent and their makeup changes. Yet the members of these networks have a joint agenda, common ideological and practical perceptions, joint interests, common ways of acting, and the ability to influence public opinion, and of course influence politicians.


    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3452359,00.html
     
  2. Bob Farnaby

    Bob Farnaby New Member

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    ??? So how does this make Israel different to the US, UK, Australia, and a host of other countries????
     
  3. hillclimber1

    hillclimber1 Active Member

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    Interesting perspective by Gabriel Sheffer.
     
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