LABOR OUT, ULTRA-CONSERVATIVE IN: To see where we could be after 4 years of King Hussein’s uber-liberal Marxism and disinterest in fighting the war on terror, look what happened in Israel.
One of the biggest surprises of Israel’s electoral season is the popularity of the ultra nationalist, Avigdor Lieberman. He leads the Yisrael Beitenu party and came in third in the Israeli election yesterday, effectively pushing out the liberal Labor party. Whomever is declared the winner must form a coalition party which now must include an influential presence of this far right party.
Known for his hard-hitting and blunt slogans, such as “No loyalty, no citizenship”, Lieberman wants Israel’s 20-percent Arab minority to prove they love the country, or leave it. Citizens who refuse to sign the declaration, he said, could continue as permanent residents of Israel, working, studying, and receiving health care benefits, but they could not vote in national elections or be elected to national office.
“It’s not racism,” Mr. Lieberman said. “The test is loyalty, not their religion.” He said he would also deny Israeli citizenship to extreme anti-Zionist Orthodox Jewish groups, such as the Neturei Karta, which sent representatives to the Holocaust denial conference in Tehran.
Lieberman, who once served as an aide to former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, now his rival for hardline hearts and minds, has called for the execution of Israeli Arab MPs who have had dealings with Hamas, and for Israel to fight Hamas “just like the United States did with the Japanese in World War II.”
His mix of secularism and hard talk has struck a chord among Israelis while enraging both ultra-Orthodox voters and Israeli Arabs.
On the Iranian threat, Mr. Lieberman said “Ahmadinejad is not a rational player,” he said of the Iranian president. “Any attempt to pacify him is like before the second World War in Europe.”
On the Palestinian front, Mr. Lieberman said the conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs is not about territory or settlements or “occupation” but about values, a conflict between the West and the radical Islamic world.
After 4 years of turning America into a Socialist state that grovels to its enemies, who probably will have attacked us again, America might be ready to swing far to the right, too.
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