When the will of the people is undemocratic

Israel has heard the voices of hundreds of thousands of its citizens, but are their voices truly the will of the people, and when can social protests be undemocratic? As long as there is a more sinister force behind those voices, democracy in Israel is threatened.

October 27, 2011 17:41
4 minute read.
Manuel Trajtenberg and Prime Minister Binyamin Net

Trajtenberg and Netanyahu 521. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)


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Earlier this month, in response to the social protests that have dominated the Israeli consciousness since July, the government approved the Trajtenberg Committee’s recommendations, which include far-reaching measures aimed at easing the burden of the middle class and at making life in Israel more affordable.

The protests may have died out with the opening of the school year, yet it would be misleading to believe that the social unrest is behind us.  In fact, the self-appointed leaders of last summer’s tent protest announced that they will renew their struggle after the High Holidays.


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