Israeli newspaper: Netanyahu and Erdogan are two sides of one coin

Louis Fishman, the assistant professor at the Brooklyn College of Israel, wrote to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz that the Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in the April elections in Israel, is conducting political maneuvers very similar to the maneuvers of his Turkish friend Recep Tayyip Erdogan through their hostile rhetoric against other nationalities and the adoption of an extremist speech seeking to ally with the Chauvinistic and racist forces in both countries.

"As Turkey and Israel prepare for the elections within days on March 31 and April 9 respectively, both Erdogan and Netanyahu are using the same policy of exclusion in Turkey and Israel against the Kurds and the Arabs," says Fishman.

Fishman notes that Netanyahu called for early elections amid bribery and fraud cases that the Israeli police have already recommended to indict.

Erdogan, who has been in power for 17 years, will face a challenge in the local elections on Sunday, which experts say that they will be a referendum on his government, which is suffering from a serious financial crisis.

The writer attracted attention to the similarities between Erdogan's formation of a coalition with the extreme right-wing (MHP) and Netanyahu's move to bring the extreme right-wing Kahani Utzma Yudet Party to the Knesset.

Fishman asserts that a large proportion of the Israeli and Turkish publics who support Netanyahu and Erdogan respectively share the same school of racist and nationalist novels, and they are either enthusiastic or not bothered to exclude other nationalities.

The writer sees that Turkey and Israel as two ethnic national states insist that the other nationalities must conform to the national needs of the majority, unlike the path taken by most liberal democracies, where the ruling nationalism recognizes and protects the needs of other nationalities.

The writer also highlighted the Judaizing law of the Jewish state in Israel recently, describing it as hypocrisy.

Fishman says that within the Turkish constitution, Kurds and other ethnic nationalities are not recognized by law, and Erdogan has made no effort to change that during 17 years he has spent in office.

Fishman points out that although there may still be opposition parties in both Turkey and Israel that are considering the sitting in a government with the Democratic Peoples' Party or the Arab parties respectively, it is clearly a taboo for the main parties.

Fishman highlights that it is impossible to talk about Turkey's treatment of 15 million Kurds without talking about Israel's treatment of the Palestinians in al-Diffa al-Gharbiya (the West Bank) and Gaza Strip.

"Do we need to remember that the Palestinians in Gaza are being killed by the Israeli gunfire regularly on the border during the protest?," asked Fishman. Fishman also asked, "How many Palestinian civilians have died as a result of air the strikes?"

Both Ankara and Tel Aviv, which claim to be at the forefront of democracy in the Middle East for years, have maintained control of power through a system of political and actual violence.

Fishman concluded his speech saying, "As Turkey and Israel continue to throw mud at each other, all what they do is the expose of their repressive regimes."



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