Wednesday, February 11, 2009

NonPeace Wins in Israel

The shining democracy in the Middle East had an election, but the winner awaits. Three candidates will deal to determine the next Prime Minister. One is centrist, the other two hard right. Any deal will take a right bent. That means more settlements and violent arm twisting. Candidates commented on Israel's shining democracy. The AP reported:

Nearly everyone seemed to agree on one thing after Israel's fifth election in a decade - that the nation's fractious election system isn't working. Livni, Lieberman, and Defense Minister Ehud Barak of the Labor Party said in post-election speeches that the system, in which votes are splintered among a proliferation of parties, must be changed to allow more stability.
Stability over freedom? That sounds vaguely familiar.