“On January 22, 2013, Israelis will go to the polls to choose a new government. According to public opinion surveys, the next government will likely be even more right wing and hardline than the current one, which human rights organizations have criticized as the most racist and anti-democratic in Israel’s history.
The IMEU offers the following backgrounder on Israel’s electoral system and growing right-wing political parties.”
Rabbi Ovadia Yosef: “Goyim [non-Jews] were born only to serve us. Without that, they have no place in the world - only to serve the People of Israel…Why are gentiles needed? They will work, they will plow, they will reap. We will sit like an effendi and eat.”
“There was a tsunami and there are terrible natural disasters, because there isn’t enough Torah study… black people reside there [in New Orleans]. Blacks will study the Torah? (God said) let’s bring a tsunami and drown them… Hundreds of thousands remained homeless. Tens of thousands have been killed. All of this because they have no God.”
Netanyahu: “I de facto put an end to the Oslo Accords,” and adding that “America is a thing you can move very easily.” In the video he also tells the settlers that the way to deal with Palestinians is to “beat them up, not once but repeatedly, beat them up so it hurts so badly, until it’s unbearable.”
Eli Yishai: “The goal of the operation is to send Gaza back to the Middle Ages, only then shall the land be quiet for forty years.”
Israel “belongs to us, to the white man.” The previous month, he helped incite a wave of anti-African racism and violence, complaining that allowing African asylum seekers to remain in Israel would “bury the Zionist dream.” In August 2012, Yishai said that migrants from Africa were a “threat” to Israel as severe as Iran’s nuclear program and that he would “lock them up to make their lives miserable.”
Moshe Feiglin: In the mid-2000s, he wrote a tract setting out his political program. In the manifesto, which was mysteriously removed from his website in 2009 after the last Likud primaries, he said that if he became prime minister he would withdraw Israel from the United Nations and cut off water and electricity to Palestinians in the occupied territories.
“Why should non-Jews have a say in the policy of a Jewish state? For two thousand years, Jews dreamed of a Jewish state, not a democratic state. Democracy should serve the values of the state, not destroy them. You can’t teach a monkey to speak and you can’t teach an Arab to be democratic. You’re dealing with a culture of thieves and robbers. Muhammad, their prophet, was a robber and a killer and a liar. The Arab destroys everything he touches.”
Michael Ben-Ari: referred to left-wing Israelis as “germs,” “enemies of Israel,” and “traitors who must be persecuted at any cost.”
Yair Lapid: “I do not think that the Arabs want peace… What I want is not a new Middle East, but to be rid of them and put a tall fence between us and them.” He added that his most important priority is “to maintain a Jewish majority in the Land of Israel.” On Jerusalem, Lapid wrote, “The Palestinians must be brought to an understanding that Jerusalem will always remain under Israeli sovereignty and that there is no point for them in opening negotiations about Jerusalem.”
Miri Regev: Sudanese asylum seekers “are a cancer in our body. We will do everything to send them back where they came from.”
“I’m happy to be a fascist.”