If Palestinian voters in Israel ever needed a reminder that they must speak up for themselves, it was this week, when the two largest liberal Israeli parties decided to merge without giving a top-10 election spot to an Arab member.
Human and civil rights do not have a religion, nationality or an ethnic identity. They are universal rights, meaning you don’t have to be from a national, religious or ethnic group that faces human rights violations to speak out in defense of those rights.
Every time Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finds himself in a precarious election spot — as he has twice this year — he ends up turning toward the Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank as his solution. He is doing so for all the wrong reasons, of course.