Published on Haaretz
Liberal democratic values are under attack in both America and Israel. But in Israel, the assault’s already gone on for years, led by fanatics and unobstructed by a cowardly prime minister.
This week, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu asked Britain’s leader Theresa May to stop funding Breaking the Silence, an organization founded by serving officers in the Israeli army to speak out against the damage done to soldiers by forcing them to control the lives of Palestinians in the occupation. (Full disclosure: I work for the Moriah Fund, which has given annual grants to Breaking the Silence though the New Israel Fund for many years.) Netanyahu sees democratic dissent as more dangerous to Israel than a law justifying the theft of privately owned Palestinian land, a new low point in Israel legislative history. Continue reading