By Gregory Wilpert
GREG WILPERT: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Greg Wilpert in Baltimore.
In less than one week, Israel will hold the election for the 22nd Israeli Knesset, it’s parliament. The vote will determine which parties will govern over Israel’s population of over 13 million people, of which only about 9 million are citizens. This election cycle was unexpected because there already was an election earlier this year on April 9th, which we covered here on The Real News Network. However, an old ally of incumbent Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, former Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman of the far-right Israel Our Home Party, made a surprise shift and refused to support Netanyahu’s coalition. Lieberman thus prevented Netanyahu from forming a viable government. In a desperate attempt to stay in power, Netanyahu then called for a new election to be held on September 17th. Polls indicate that the results of next week’s election may be almost the same as the results of the one 5 months ago, meaning that there’s a good chance that there will still be no clear majority for a coalition government.
In order to deter Arab Palestinian voters from casting their votes during the…