Contributed by Lucia in Spain
By Gideon Levy
"...... "The only democracy in the Middle East" - another semi-ridiculous upgrade - in whose backyard one can find a cruel military occupation that's been operating for 41 years, and which also shows some dangerous, disturbing signs on its domestic front. "The only democracy in the Middle East," which expels guest intellectuals because of their opinions, and students because of their religious beliefs; which burns holy books and tries to prevent the selling of leavened bread on Passover; which has no public transportation on the Sabbath, just like the worst theocracies. This is the country we seek to upgrade to the level of a liberal, Western democracy. This is very reminiscent of how the state upgraded the scope of the territory under its control, an upgrade that has turned into the mother of all disasters......
The suffering of the residents of Sderot is also inflated and upgraded to disproportionate dimensions. Just a few kilometers away lives a nation in the most cruel, incalculable conditions, but that disaster we minimize........"