Elections in Israel

January 15, 2013 – New York – The AJC weekly radio messages are broadcast on the CBS radio network, before The Osgood File. All AJC radio commentaries since 2001 are available at www.ajc.org/radiocommentary.

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This Tuesday, Israel holds elections.

The outcome will interest many.

But the fact of the elections won’t.

Israel has always held regular elections – with many political parties and peaceful transfers of power.

That’s the nature of a vibrant democracy.

What’s the Israeli mood?

Polls show that two-thirds would support a two-state deal with the Palestinians, but don’t believe they have a trustworthy peace partner.

Instead, they see continued glorification of terrorists and talks between Palestinian factions, including Hamas, the group calling for Israel’s destruction.

Plus, there’s another worry, just reported by the New York Times.

Three years ago. the Egyptian president urged Egyptians “to nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred for them: for Zionists, for Jews.”

Egypt, the largest Arab country, shares a border with Israel.

Israel. One resilient democracy.

The Middle East. One tough neighborhood.

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This is David Harris of AJC.
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