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Israel’s warring tribes

The greatest threat Israel faces is from within

By John Lloyd   February 2009

In December, I was one of a handful of foreigners at a gathering of the Israel’s leading political scientists at the Israel Democracy Institute (IDI). This wasn’t a group of left-wingers; indeed, some of the most senior had served in cabinets of right-wing governments. Yet many were arguing that, 60 years after its bloody foundation, the state of Israel was no longer politically viable.

Yehuda ben Meir, a security hawk and a deputy foreign minister in the Begin and Shamir governments of the early 1980s, spoke of a “grave crisis of confidence which… extends to almost all major national institutions…

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