Democracy:  Israel’s Left embraces the wrong Deity   

Tuvia Brodie,

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Tuvia Brodie
Tuvia Brodie has a PhD from the University of Pittsburgh under the name Philip Brodie. He has worked for the University of Pittsburgh, Chatham College and American Express. He and his wife made aliyah in 2010. All of his children have followed. He believes in Israel's right to exist. He believes that the words of Tanach (the Jewish Bible) are meant for us. His blog address is He usually publishes 3-4 times a week on his blog and 1-3 times at Arutz Sheva. Please check the blog regularly for new posts.

Israel's Left embraces ‘democracy’. It defends ‘democracy’. It claims Israel can survive only by being a ‘democracy’ (Max Fisher, “Israel’s dark future”, vox, April 13, 2015).

Israel’s Left is passionate about its ‘democracy’. But it has a problem. Democracy doesn’t work in Israel.

The Left’s ‘Democracy’ does not help Israel. It threatens Israel’s chances for survival.    

Consider ‘democracy’: a true democracy has four basic criteria and two underlying requirements. The four basic criteria are: free and fair elections; active participation by all citizens in political and civic life; basic human rights for all; and the rule of law equally applied (lecture, Stanford University, "What is Democracy", web.stanford. edu, January 21, 2004).

For a democracy, human rights means, specifically, freedom of religion, free speech, the freedom to enjoy one's own culture,  the freedom to choose between different sources of news and opinion, the freedom to associate with other people, the freedom to form and join organizations of your own choice, and the freedom to assemble and protest government action (ibid).

Israel allows all these freedoms to all citizens, subject to public safety and security--just like any other democracy. Still, Israel does not have a working democracy.

Look beneath the four criteria listed above and you’ll find two foundational requirements which must exist for a democracy to work. These are requirements Israel’s Left ignores: (1) for a country to be a democracy, its citizens must be willing to live together in peace; and (2) citizens must adhere to the rules of that democracy (ibid).

This is where Israel fails the 'democracy' test. Too many Israeli Arabs refuse to live in peace with Jews. They refuse to adhere to the rules of Israel’s democracy.

A democracy exists only when citizens observe certain principles and rules of democratic conduct (ibid). They must respect the law (ibid). They must reject violence (ibid). They must live together in peace (ibid).

The current wave of Arab terror reveals the extent to which Israeli Arabs have become radicalized. Too many do not respect Israeli law. Too many choose violence in place of peaceful conduct. Too many listen to—and act on—incitement coming to their social media sites.

For a democracy to work, every citizen must respect the rights of his or her fellow citizens (ibid). S/he must respect others’ dignity as human beings (ibid). But Fatah-controlled mainstream Palestinian Authority (PA) media (which is broadcast to Israeli Arabs) does not respect Jews or Judaism. It refuses to assign human dignity to Jews. Instead, it calls Jews pigs, apes and the spawn of Satan (see the website, Palestinian Media Watch).

This kind of Jew-hate doesn’t exist in a democracy's mainstream media. It comes from outside democracy. It comes from the repressive, undemocratic PA.

Too many Israeli Arabs turn to the PA for their worldview even as they reap the social benefits of carrying Israeli citizenship. Fewer and fewer think of themselves as equal partners with Jews in a democracy.

That's the fatal flaw in Israel's ‘democracy’. It has a population that grows increasingly unwilling to live in peace with its Jewish fellow-citizens.

For example, in 2002-2004, 66% of Israel’s Arabs supported Israel’s right to exist as a Jewish and democratic state (Meirav Arlosoroff, "Poll shows once again that for all their discontents, Arab citizens choose Israel--so why is Lieberman trying to kick them out?", haaretz, January 9, 2014).  Despite its misleading headline (ibid), haaretz still reported that, by 2014, Israeli Arab support for Israel had dropped to 47% (ibid).

In 2004, only 3% of the Israeli Arabs indicated a desire to live under the Palestinian flag (ibid). By 2014, that 3% had grown to 23% (ibid).

The further away from Israel Arab citizens lean, the less democratic Israel will become. The current wave of anti-Jewish terror illustrates this point. The longer Arabs attack Jews, the more Jews will cry for a 'crackdown'. Can you blame them?

The longer Arabs continue their attacks, the more obvious it becomes that Israel's democracy doesn't work. That’s the bottom line here: democracy in Israel cannot work when a violent minority becomes unwilling to follow the laws of Israel or live peacefully with Jews.

Too many Israeli Arabs reject Israel—and its laws (ibid). That’s important because when such citizens reject the rule of law, violence begins (Stanford University, ibid); and when violence begins, democracy cracks. The process of failure begins.

Nevertheless, Israel’s Left is passionate. It defends its Deity-Democracy. It justifies Israeli Arab violence. It asks nothing of Israeli Arabs who refuse to live in peace with Jews. It ignores the fact that democracy fails when citizens refuse to live in peace. It  ignores the truth that the PA works hard to assure such Arab refusal continues.

Israel’s Left is wrong. Its ‘democracy’ will not help Israel survive. Its ‘democracy’ will destroy Israel. In the name of Its Deity-Democracy, the Left supports the violence that undermines Israel's ability to survive.

Democracy is a false god. Like all pagan gods that have appeared in Israel over the centuries, this modern false god misleads people.

The Jewish people didn’t survive 3,000+ years because it remained loyal to 'democracy'. It survived because (despite Israel’s rebellions) its remnants remained loyal to HaShem, the G-d of Israel.

Ultimately, this is why Israel’s Left fails. It embraces the wrong Deity.