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APN's daily news review from Israel
Wednesday May 22, 2019

Quote of the day:
"Everyone (almost) thinks Israel needn’t seek a peace accord in the foreseeable future; everyone (almost) is sure there’s no partner. Everyone (almost) supports hawkishness toward Iran and harsh blows in Gaza, believes Europe is anti-Semitic and admires Donald Trump." --Commentator Rami Livni writes that in contrast to the popular belief that Israeli society is divided, the differences between Israelis are actually shrinking.*

*Israel's Melting Pot Has Won (Rami Livni, Haaretz+) The differences between us are shrinking; the melting pot won. Not the melting pot of the Labor Party, which demanded spiritual elevation and radical self-change, but a de facto melting pot in which all layers of society are swept toward a lowest common denominator of ultranationalism-religiosity-money-trash culture. The last election, a contest between the right and the center-right, expressed the blocs’ historic ideological similarity, the growing consensus and the disappearance of genuine debate on once-divisive issues, such as the conflict with the Palestinians or the Haredi draft. Everyone (almost) thinks Israel needn’t seek a peace accord in the foreseeable future; everyone (almost) is sure there’s no partner. Everyone (almost) supports hawkishness toward Iran and harsh blows in Gaza, believes Europe is anti-Semitic and admires Donald Trump. Everyone (almost) supports removing Israel’s Arab citizens from the political game and only a few, despite the outcry from the left, are really upset by the threats to shatter Israel’s democracy. Everyone thinks Benjamin Netanyahu is all in all a good prime minister, except for the corruption. That’s not a rift. It’s (almost) harmony.

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Gerard-Jan Vinkesteijn-Rudersdorff

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If A equals success, then the formula is A = X + Y + Z.
X is work. Y is play. Z is keep your mouth shut.
        -- Albert Einstein

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