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Mark: The space of democracy and dissent in Israel is being squeezed by attempts to curtail the freedom of NGOs, to reconfigure the selection process for Supreme Court justices, and to enhance control over the media by the government and government-loyalists. The purveyors of this vision for Israel stake a strong claim to being the authentic Zionists and are aided by the rapid rise of the religious fundamentalists. Today, they are the ones in the ascendancy. While Israeli liberals tend to obsess far more about the “Haredi fundamentalist threat,” it is the settler-nationalists' ethic purity vision for all of Israel, not just for one sub-community—and it’s a deeply undemocratic one.