Dimi Reider is an Israeli journalist and blogger, whose works have appeared in The New York Times, The Guardian, Foreign Policy, Haaretz, and the Jerusalem Post. He is a co-founder and contributing editor of +972 Magazine, and is currently pursuing a degree at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. (March 2012)
This should be a year in which Israeli democracy is much on display. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been reconfirmed as head of the right-leaning Likud Party, seems to be pushing for early national elections; while candidates to lead the centrist Kadima Party, the main opposition party, are now campaigning for their March 27 primary. But even as the country prepares for its most important democratic exercise, a far-reaching series of laws now pending or already passed by the Knesset suggests Israel is moving in an alarmingly anti-democratic direction.