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Palestinian Intellectual Praises Israeli Democracy (MEMRI via Daily Alert)

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  • Palestinian Intellectual Praises Israeli Democracy
    ‘Imad Al-Falouji, head of the Gaza-based Institute for Intercultural Dialogue, served as information minister and as an advisor under Yasser Arafat. On March 18, 2015, he wrote: “Anyone examining the Israeli entity is amazed by the extent of internal disagreement on every issue….They have a [political] right, center and left…and every perception has proponents and opponents….But, despite all this, they have passed laws that govern these disagreements and set out a common goal: that of serving the State of Israel and the people of Israel. They manage to use the internal disagreements as a source of strength.”
    “But we, ‘the possessors of truth’…strike out in every direction without an agreed-upon plan or purpose….Each group claims to possess the absolute truth and [presents] the others’ as absolute lies. We do not possess the ability to listen to the other. Anarchy rules the day: political, economic, social and even conceptual anarchy.”
    “Let’s look at the campaign platforms of the Israeli parties, and what they focused on. All of them agreed on the need to serve the people on the socio-economic level, promote employment, cultivate the family and solve its problems, eradicate unemployment, promote education and achieve security for all citizens….But in our [political arena], everyone talks about politics and general foreign-affairs, and only rarely does a party concern itself with improving the lives of the people.”  (MEMRI)
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