Israel Is Not a Liberal Democracy
The National Interest -

Paul R. Pillar

Security, Middle East

Israel does not share many of the most important values of Western liberal democracies, including the United States.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared a “defining moment in the annals of Zionism and the annals of the state of Israel” when the Knesset enacted earlier this month a basic law (having constitutional status in Israel) making the right of national self-determination “unique to the Jewish people” and not applicable to all citizens....

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