so writes Tobias Buck, Jerusalem correspondent for the Financial Times. He adds that, despite the coarsening of domestic political discourse that has unleashed fury and dismay inside the Jewish state,
"the chances of Israel turning into a dictatorship are about as high as those of Saudi Arabia turning into a liberal democracy."
Faint praise, indeed. When rightwing Israeli extremists attack the IDF troops who are pledged to protect them in the West Bank, as happened yesterday, the mind boggles at their warped vigilante notion of "price tag." The entire country pays the coast of their shortsighted actions.