HASAN – Israel as a security-oriented state

Israel as a security-oriented stateIsrael had an early general election for the 20th term of the Knesset. The average lifetime of a government in Israel is three years.

The most recent Netanyahu government remained in office for 21 months. Governments are unstable in Israel.

Before the election threshold was lowered in the Israeli election system, no party had been able to secure a majority in parliament since the first election in 1949.One of the main reasons for the fragility and fragmented structure of the government is the lack of an established Israeli national identity.

Israel is a country where different cultures and ethnicities gather around a religion. Because this gathering has not led to a strong identity yet, the expectations of the people for the future have not been clarified.

Half of Israeli citizens were born out of the country. They are immigrants as immigrants, they have serious security concerns.

The immigrants have a strong perception that Israel is surrounded by enemies and that the country will be destroyed if a weak leader is elected.The Charlie Hebdo attack and the attack against a kosher market in Paris raised more security concerns in Israel.

Currently, the economy and unemployment are viewed as secondary problems. We can observe this particularly among the Russian-speaking immigrants, who came from the former Soviet Union.

A total of 979,000 Jews migrated from the Soviet Union to Israel in the period between 1989 and 2006. The Russian-speaking immigrants constitute 15 percent of the entire population of Israel.

These people have strongly affected the political structure in the country. The Russian votes have become important in Israeli politics.

Russian-speaking Israelis have been elected to the Knesset for three terms since 1996. They generally support radical right-wing parties.

More than half of the Russian-speaking Israelis vote for right-wing parties, including Likud, Lieberman and Bennett. A quarter of them support the center-right party Yesh Atid.

Moldova-born Avigdor Liebermanand#39s radical right-wing party Yisrael Beiteinu is supported by Russian-speaking Israelis.An important outcome of the early general election in Israel is that the Unified Arab List, a political initiative by the Arabs, who constitute 20 percent of the Israeli population, acted in a unified manner For the first time since 1969, a huge number of Arabs went to the ballot boxes to cast their votes.

Israeli Arabs and the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) previously supported leftist parties in Israel. In every election, they expected a victory by a leader who would rely on a more lenient approach in respect to the territories occupied in 1967.

However, Israel and the US have never given up on their security-oriented policies.Israeli people still see security as the main issue.

However, it is also a reality that the patriotism that emerged in the early years of Israel is being replaced by an introverted nationalist racism Now rich Israelis do not want to die for their country. For this reason, we see that Israel did not attempt to extend the operations in Lebanon and Gaza to a land war and instead relied on airstrikes.

In this case, Israel secures zero diplomatic success, zero deterrence and growing isolation from the world. As a result, European parliaments now recognize Palestine as an independent state.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman