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Israeli right vs Israeli left

Reader comment on item: Religious Minorities in an increasingly intolerant Middle East
in response to reader comment: human rights issue

Submitted by sara (United States), Mar 16, 2012 at 16:19

You are correct in stating that many of the Arab country's Jewish populations who were forced from their homes and found haven in Israel tend to be right in their political leanings. I wish you were right in thinking that the country is moving more to the right today. I think that the opposite is true. The farther they have gotten away from their experiences, as the older generations are dying out, the privileged children opt for the trendy leftist socialist European attitudes.

Ironically, the experiences of the Sephardis made them rightist in their politics, because they knew the realities of what it was like to deal with Muslims in a position of strength. What is puzzling is the Israelis who have lived in the country through truces and wars have not learned the same lesson but are instead simply war weary defeated who want the conflict to be resolved in any way possible, regardless of the consequence. They should know better.


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