Illiberal Democracy Practice and Media Discourse: From the "State of Israel" to the "Land of Israel"

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: 08:50
Oral Presentation
Miri GAL-EZER, Kinneret College on the Sea of Galilee, Israel
The welfare, parliamentary "Jewish democratic State of Israel" (established 1948), based on pre-state Labour Movement apparatuses since 1920, deteriorated following 1967 Six Day War conquest and occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and Golan Heights, to a capitalistic state, and since 1977, the Likud right wing governments expanded neoliberal nationalistic political-economy policies. Following the PM Rabin assassination by an extreme right student (1995), Israel became to be a militaristic, authoritarian, nationalistic, illiberal democracy.

The state's degeneration since 2009, is rooted in the PM Netanyahu's admiration and deep identification with the neoliberalism's "Founding Father", Noble Laureate Milton Friedman and the US "Tea-Party" Republican ideology. While from 2016, Netanyahu enthusiastically adopting the illiberal governing Trump's presidency form - both supported by the same 1% US tycoons funding – of inciting intellectuals, "leftists", liberals, LGBT's, Muslims, refugees, women etc., breaking democracy rules, allegedly meddling and concealing private and family interests with state's and citizens interests, allegedly interfere in state's investigations and allegations of corruption and allegations of possible endangering state security; however, remedy is very old: media ownership and occupation, in addition to frightening and firing journalists, constructing alternative facts and fake "reality", while obscuring the real.

A recent millstone israel's state ceremony was held on 26 September 2017 at the Gush Eztion settlements, and was titled "50 Years of the 1967 Great Victory: Jerusalem Reunification" [East Jerusalem annexation] and the "Eternal Return to Judea and Samaria" [West Bank occupation]. PM Netanyahu promised that: […] “there will be no more uprooting of communities in the Land of Israel”. However, since it was a controversial state event, the recently retired Supreme Court President Miriam Naor canceled the judicial representative participation in the ceremony (Haaretz Editorial, 28.09.2017). Nevertheless, the Supreme Court is repeatedly threatened by the right wingers in Israeli parliament and government.