Commentary: The fall of Israel’s unity government offers vital lessons for democracy in America

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Chicago Tribune

In 1787, James Madison articulated in Federalist Papers No. 10 that partisan polarization could fundamentally threaten a democratic republic. “Violence of faction,” as he called it, must be controlled. Madison’s vision has been proved right yet again this week — in Jerusalem. On Monday, Israel’s teetering eight-party coalition government imploded, triggering the fifth general election in just four years. This collapse occurred after multiple right-wing legislators refused to compromise with their left-wing colleagues and then rebelled against the coalition. Prime Minister Naftali Bennett confe…

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