Is Israel's future as a democracy at risk?

The fundamental principles of democracy have become hollowed out even more than before.

By ALONA VINOGRAD
May 2, 2019 20:12
2 minute read.
Is Israel's future as a democracy at risk?

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu campaigns at Jerusalem’s Machane Yehuda Market on April 8 , a day before his reelection. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

 
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The results of the Israel elections, as was apparent the morning after, lead to one very clear conclusion: the rule of law was the big loser in the 2019 elections. We should not be surprised by this. In a country that does not teach its schoolchildren the principles of democratic citizenship, not even a team of superstars with the most glorious military records can produce any other outcome. The race careened towards a predetermined conclusion. The fundamental principles of democracy have become hollowed out even more than before.

We are a country that never paused to realize that without an investment in the development of a national curriculum in the principles of democracy, beginning in preschool, we would raise generations of women and men who simply do not understand the substance of the regime in which they live and the supreme importance of the rule of law in order to survive. The results were waiting for us around the corner. We are the generation that has been struck full in the face by the results of this complacency. Do Israeli high school students know what is meant by sound management? What public service is? How about ethics? Democracy?!

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