I'm going to return to what's going on in Israel because I am pretty worried with what just happened in past week's elections. Netanyahu's party lost some very important moderates he was close to and with whom he shared common ideas. Elected in their place were a few extreme right-wing politicians, openly racist (that isn't coming from me, but from Israeli media reports), who are opposed to any compromise with the Palestinians or the West, for that matter.
These are some links to read. Again, if an article won't load in full, put haaretz and article name into google and first result will load the complete article. I like Haaretz because it is a left-leaning newspaper that isn't just a mouthpiece for that administration.
Likud Beiteinu is headed for a showdown with the worldhttp://www.haaretz.com/blogs/strenger-than-fiction/likud-beitenu-is-headed-for-a-showdown-with-the-world.premium-1.480946
All commentators agree that this week’s Likud primaries marked a watershed event. Anti-liberal forces have gained considerable power, with Danny Danon, Zeev Elkin, Tzipi Hotovely and Yariv Levin climbing up the ranks, and Moshe Feiglin, an extreme right-winger who has been Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s nightmare for years, outflanks them. The Likud ministers who fended off the worst excesses of past anti-liberal legislation, Benny Begin, Dan Meridor and Michael Eitan will not be in the next Knesset.
The Likud has always been torn between its right wing ideology and a basic belief in the principles of Liberal Democracy. This conflict has now come to an end. It is now an extreme right-wing party with strong racist undertones. The majority of its MKs are in favor of Israel’s annexing the West Bank; but unlike Speaker of the Knesset Rubi Rivlin they wouldn’t dream of giving Palestinians political rights. They are even delegitimizing Israel’s serving Arab MKs, and want to see Israel as an ethnically unitary state.
Likud primary postmortem: More headache for Netanyahuhttp://www.haaretz.com/news/israeli-elections-2013/israel-election-insider/likud-primary-postmortem-more-headache-for-netanyahu.premium-1.480882
4. Feiglin in London – Moshe Feiglin, leader of the far-right "Jewish leadership" faction in the part, will be anything other than a backbencher in the next Knesset. For Netanyahu, who cannot even bear to mention his name, this will be a hard pill to swallow. The fact remains that the man who was jailed for anti-Arab incitement not only clinched the fourteenth spot on the Likud list but, controlling thousands of members, he is by all accounts one of the party's kingmakers.
His election will have sent shudders down the spines of British-Jewish leaders last night. Feiglin is on the list of foreign figures barred from entering Britain due to the fear that his presence would, according to a former Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, "foment or justify terrorist violence in furtherance of particular beliefs; seek to provoke others to terrorist acts; foment other serious criminal activity or seek to provoke others to serious criminal acts and foster hatred which might lead to inter-community violence in the UK." Now he is a member of parliament for Israel's ruling party.
Has Likud gone too far right for Netanyahu?http://www.haaretz.com/news/israeli-elections-2013/israel-election-insider/has-likud-gone-too-far-right-for-netanyahu.premium-1.480755
The new Likud – more rightist than ever – will allow the PM little flexibility. He is probably the most liberal and moderate figure to remain on the list.