Politics in Israel move to the right

By: Matthew Bell, PRI's The World

If some of the campaign ads in the run-up to this week’s election are any indication, Israeli voters are feeling quite hawkish these days. 

There’s the one with an on-duty Israeli soldier being approached by a Palestinian man with a knife. When the soldier raises his weapon to defend himself, a military lawyer appears with a tape measure. The lawyer measures the distance from the barrel of the soldier’s gun, and the length of the Palestinian’s knife, and then shakes his head as if to say, “Shooting is not allowed under the rules of engagement.” 

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