“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?