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Five ways of looking at Israel's 19th Knesset

By Neve Gordon

This is the way the results (*) of the elections are being presented in the Israeli press:

Centre Left Bloc                                           Right Bloc

Other, perhaps more accurate ways to present the election results:

Left Bloc                                                         Right Bloc

Non-Jews                                                               Jews

Women                                                                     Men

Willing to take the necessary steps for a two-state solution?

Willing                                                            Unwilling


(*) The graphics were based on the early results, that has somewhat changed since then. Most notably, there will be 27 women in the Knesset and not 22). This post first appeared in the LRB blog. Neve Gordon can be reached through his website www.israelsoccupation.info

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    1. qwerty

      How about Israelis and Israelis with all the same color.

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    2. His is an excellent graphic, perhaps someone could take each section and add annotations or an analysis to give readers a more in-depth understanding of each image detailing the differences etc.

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    3. Bill Inaz

      The graphic that is missing is what the the author believes the ‘correct’ configuration should be.

      In a case of “we see what you did there” we notice that the author mixes objective data; gender, religious affiliation etc. with subjective (“Willing to take the necessary steps for a two-state solution?”) as if this attribute has somehow been predetermined to be as definable as someone’s gender.

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      • aristeides

        It could be pretty clearly determined by the parties’ statements.

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        • The Trespasser

          You’ve never bothered to read ANY of statements. How would you know?

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    4. DRG

      Bill, if you’d read anything in this site you’d have realized that the writers here view the world as factual through their subjective perspective of it.
      Just here in these graphics they show that 22 women were elected to the upcoming parliament when the FACTUAL number is 26.
      The same is their view that anyone who does not belong to one of three parties (HADASH, RA’AM-TA’Al and BALAD) is not truly left wing. They are the ones who decided what is “TRUE” Left and what is “MOCK” Left.
      It’s interesting that you touched on the subject of “two-state solution” as many of the writers here believe in the one-state solution (or perhaps the 1.5-state solution where one state is a Palestinian-Muslim-Jew-Free state and the other is a Palestinian-Israeli-Non-Jewish state).
      Bear in mind that with all the text and ‘online-noise’ they make here, they, at best, represent 5-10% of the Israeli population (at least that’s what they’ll say, I’m not sure the people they claim to speak for will agree).

      PS – if they change the graphics regarding women representation, well…

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      • aristeides


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        • The Trespasser

          Well, they can’t be trusted in any other claim they make.

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    5. Richard Witty

      There is NO MAGIC in the world.

      There is no possibility of a miraculous change in attitude, political orientation, political selection, without the very deliberate and very hard work of articulating, organizing a coherent and confident alternative perspective.

      Da-am and Hadash have that possibility, at least to increase their relevance significantly, only if they drop the heightened Marxist language.

      One can be a workers’ party – you know the 99%, (“labor” could be) without the pretense and narcissistic vanity of “revolutionary”.

      The way that Da-am or Hadash will succeed is if they organize, and NOT in the political sense, but on the ground, in integrated social and economic self-help efforts, and in loving the land (including its populace).

      Any organizing effort that strikes of vanity will be rejected.

      It’s difficult to organize, psychologically. It takes using the reality checks that you get daily, to actually serve one’s community, rather than exchange with one’s community in psychological terms. Self-adulation is so often a large component of organizers’ motivations.

      But, when it happens, it is change. The social movements were change, to the extent that Jews and Arab Palestinians walked and worked as peers, both ways.

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    6. Darom

      Quite hilarious actually, and false of course. Many individuals within Labor, Yesh Atid, Hatnua and Meretz are willing to work towards the two-state solution, yet the graphic seems to suggest only those in the Arab parties are interested in peace. :L

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