One of the prevalent Israeli myths is that regardless of the country’s policies toward the Palestinians, Israeli democracy is robust and unaffected. As with all myths there is a grain of truth in this assertion, but it shrinks rather rapidly. Even if Israeli society lived in complete democratic bliss, despite the oppressive nature of its occupation of the West Bank and the blockade of Gaza, it would have not legitimized these anti-democratic actions in the slightest.
Breaking the Silence’s activism is holding a mirror up to Israeli society. Instead of breaking the mirror, the establishment needs to dramatically improve its image.Yossi Mekelberg