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Israel's Loyalty Oath

WASHINGTON - As of February of this year, Israel was brought to the spotlight as
elections were held in the country. For a state which prides itself on
being democratic, Israel's recent brush with the right has galvanized
audiences all around the democratic world.

It is not surprising that Lieberman's home-land party with its
motto of "no loyalty no citizenship" received only 15 seats, rather
what is worth noting is that had elections been held elsewhere
Lieberman's party would have been liquidated.  However in Israel, the
other parties fought over who would ally themselves with him first.


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