Wednesday, January 21, 2009

High Court Strikes Down Central Elections Committee Decision

As predicted, the High Court today struck down the Central Elections Committee's ban on two Arab parties. See our previous posts for background and initial fallout.

The High Court of Justice on Wednesday revoked a government decision to exclude Israeli-Arab parties from contesting in the national elections next month.

The court issued its decision in response to a petition submitted by Arab politicians against the ban. A spokesman for the Courts Administration said judges overturned the ban in an unanimous vote Wednesday (Ha'aretz). 

5 comments:

Nobody said...

Amos

Thought you may be interested to read this.. It's by Ya'ari

Amos said...

Yah, that's interesting, Nobody. This Italian story (see post above) is also a new development. Let's see how much traction it gets in the world media.

Ariel said...

Both reports just go to show that it was a strategic mistake on Israel's part not to let foreign correspondents in, because this kind of thing could have been reported while the conflict was still going on and people were actually paying attention. There was a piece in last week's Economist about the Israeli media offensive. I find this effort laughable and embarrassing. It undoubtedly boosts the morale of the faithful, but it does nothing to gain more converts. The only thing that can really help Israel's image is independent reporting. But Israelis are so convinced that the world media is against them that can't see this. They don't understand that the field of bad publicity is already saturated, so that any more reports of that kind will have no effect, whereas every favorable report from an independent source is pure advantage.

Ariel said...

A second point: yes, Hamas may have lost standing with Palestinian civilians, but is there a viable contender? So long as there isn't, Hamas will have no trouble recovering.

Amos said...

Yes, I'm afraid you're right, Ariel. Hamas is there to stay. There is at the moment no political movement in Gaza capable of challenging it. However, the organization may have changed its assessment of the costs and benefits of launching too many qassams.