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Israel Starting To Sound Like Ameristan?

Discussion in 'Elections' started by Revoltingest, Jun 6, 2021.

  1. Revoltingest

    Revoltingest I have the kavorka
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    In the news....
    Israeli security chief warns of Jan. 6-type violence ahead of new government
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    The director of Israel’s domestic security service, the Shin Bet, warned on Saturday of growing incitement that could lead to politically motivated violence.

    Why it matters: Nadav Argaman's rare public statement raised concerns about the threat of a Jan. 6-style attack in Israel to prevent a peaceful transition of power if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is ousted after 12 years in office.

    Driving the news: Netanyahu on Friday published a Facebook post that cited a story from the Bible, which compared his political rivals on the right to the spies Moses sent to tour the land of Canaan and that lied to the people when the returned.

    • According to the Bible, the spies received a punishment from God and died of a plague.
    • Netanyahu’s right wing rivals who are part of the “change government” – mainly Prime Minister-designate Naftali Bennett and his party members — have been the subject of social media attacks in recent days by Netanyahu’s supporters.
    • Netanyahu’s backers demonstrated in front of their houses and sent them text messages with death threats.
    • The Shin Bet decided to give Bennett a security detail even though he hasn't assumed office yet. And the police boosted security for several of members of his party.
    What they are saying: A day after Netanyahu’s Facebook post, the Shin Bet director released a statement warning against “serious radicalization in incitement and discourse on social media.”
    • Argaman said the incitement could be interpreted by groups or individuals as an approval to use violence. He called on Israeli politicians to publicly ask for calm and denounce violence.
    • Shortly after the Shin Bet director’s statement, Yair Netanyahu, the prime minister’s son, attacked him on Twitter. “The is a disgrace. They are trying to shut the mouths of the right and label every political criticism as incitement,” he wrote.
    What’s next: The Knesset on Monday will convene for a special session to announce that opposition leader Yair Lapid managed to form a government. The vote of confidence in the new government is expected to take place on June 14.
     
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  2. Kooky

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    It might be because they're trying to prosecute a criminal former head of government.
     
  3. Brickjectivity

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    A lot depends on whether Shin Bet is truly neutral.

    Now...the fact that Trump instigated people to attack the capital and interfere with the certification of votes here in the USA does lend credibility to the idea. If it can happen here then of course it can happen anywhere, but if it happens in Israel its an even colder shower. Its not that cold though. Get back to me when it happens in Switzerland.
     
  4. sun rise

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    Netanyahu and Trump have had a real bromance going so it's not surprising they sound alike when it comes to promoting lying conspiracy theories and encouraging violence.
     
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  5. lewisnotmiller

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    So...yes, it can happen everywhere. The US is not an extreme or unlikely outlier, so in no way would I say 'Hey, if it can happen in the US, it can happen anywhere...'

    New Zealand would be much less likely, for example.
    But anything is possible.
     
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  6. Brickjectivity

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    Its true, but the US has a duty to exemplify the ideals that we've been discussing for so long. It is a matter of face for us, so to me it shouldn't be possible here. If it happens in New Zealand I will be chagrined, too.

    I think that just now I understand the name of that country. Its got the word 'Zeal' in it. Its not Newzyland or New Z Land.
     
  7. lewisnotmiller

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    It was named by Dutch cartographers. It's the Anglicized version of Nova Zeelandia...(New Zeeland) after the Dutch Province.
     
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