My latest column for online magazine New Matilda analyses the recent Israeli elections and its central theme – “racism”:
Back in 2003, Israel’s then deputy Prime Minister, Ehud Olmert, told Israeli newspaper Yediot Ahronot that he was against the Jewish State retaining the occupied Palestinian territories. He said that if Israel did not withdraw soon, the Palestinian population would outnumber Jews, and Israel would become an apartheid state.
His reasons for wanting to abandon the occupation had nothing to do with human rights, but rather, a desire to maintain a Jewish majority in the State of Israel. This so-called pragmatism is at the heart of current Israeli thinking.
My New Matilda archive is here.