Israel’s dark path

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“But some Israeli analysts and governments officials have a darker view. One senior Israeli official, who has served at the highest levels of the policy-making apparatus, told me that he sees the rise of Gaydamak as the terrible byproduct of an already bad situation. “There is a sense among some people,” he said, “that democracy just didn’t work for us, and we should be like the rest of the Middle East — that we tried democracy and failed. But Gaydamak is something else. He’s an oligarch. Don’t forget that a lot of his supporters are Russians. They’re not really familiar with democracy.”

Is this true? Has democracy failed in Israel?

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