Israeli DM Ridicules Democracy in Middle East

Condemns Push for Palestinian Statehood

In a new speech today, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon loudly rejected the idea of Palestinian statehood, arguing that the Palestinians are too divided to ever form a government of their own.

Ya’alon also went on to ridicule the idea of democracy in the Middle East as “naive” and “patronizing,” insisting that the region’s Arab nations simply aren’t suited to be democratic in nature.

Rather, Ya’alon insisted that in 1916 the Arab nations were unready to be independent of imperial powers, and are unready to be democracies today, and pointed to the Arab Spring as a proof of the unsuitability of democracy.

The Israeli position vis-a-vis democracy in the region is becoming pretty straightforward in the wake of their loud backing for the Egyptian military coup, and promises to use Israeli diplomatic pull to secure support for the new junta on the grounds that the “stability” the junta could bring trumps the idea of democracy or human rights.

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