Skip to comments.Druze in Golan vote for rightwing Zionist Avigdor Lieberman & religious Jewish Shas
Posted on 02/18/2009 9:30:50 AM PST by PRePublic
[While] Arab Sector Turns to Pan-Arabism, Communists 02/12/09 by Nissan Ratzlav-Katz...
...An interesting phenomenon was registered among the Druze community living on the northern Golan Heights. In several cities, support for Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beiteinu party, considered a right-wing faction, was between 38 percent and 50 percent. The other party that took more than 20 percent and up to 53 percent of the Druze vote in the Golan was the Hareidi-religious Shas party. Some political analysts see the vote as a protest against the ruling Kadima party, which lost the vast majority of its 2006 level of local support.
Shas traditionally has a measure of support among non-Jewish voters due to its reputation and activity on behalf of the socioeconomically disadvantaged and its support for large family subsidies, which would benefit both non-Jewish and Jewish religious families.
Who did the Druze on the Golan Heights vote for most? A surprise, or maybe not .. Not Labor , Meretz , United Arab List-Ta'al or even Kadima . No, the Druze in the Golan voted overwhelmingly for Yisrael Beiteinu and Shas . In the recent elections, 50% of Majdal Shams voters cast their ballots for Yisrael Beiteinu. In neighboring town Masad'e, 53% of voters voted for Shas, and 38% for Yisrael Beiteinu.... http://contentious-centrist.blogspot.com/2009/02/who-did-druze-on-golan-heights-vote-for.html
Hmmm. . . I guess the Druze judge that the Israeli right is better for the Jews than the Israeli left. I think they are onto something.
The Druze (an odd sect of Shi’a Islam into which one must be born) are commanded by their religion to support whatever other religious group is in dominant in the society in which they live. Thus Druze in Israel (and the occupied territories, the Golan included) are very pro-Jewish, and loyally fight in the IDF (They are the only Israeli Arabs allowed to join the IDF.), while Druze in Lebanon were pro-Maronite until differential birthrates and Palestinian immigration after the 1967 war tipped the balance to Shi’a Islam, so they’re now pro-Hezbollah. Not sure what a Druze living in the U.S. would do—take Protestantism as a unitary phenomenon and by supportive of Protestantism, or consider all the different sects as different, and support the Latin Church.
The Golan Heights Druze remained relatively loyal to the state of Israel and in return were given full citizenship by the Israeli government. Over 200 Druze have died fighting on Israel’s side in the Arab-Israeli wars.
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Good, They (most of them) atre loyal citizens.
from February. Hope I haven’t pinged this one before.
Let’s leverage the good demographic news
[in Israel, Jewish births rising, Arab fertility falling]
The Jerusalem Post | 2/22/2009 | Yoram Ettinger
Posted on 02/24/2009 5:56:49 PM PST by ChicagoHebrew