Something remarkable happened in the last few weeks: progressive candidates won elections in Israel and the United States, despite the rise of far-right, anti-democratic politics in both countries. Related stories Israel’s next elections will be about who is more violent to Palestinians By Haggai Matar | November 14, 2018 The rise of the global far-right could energize the anti-occupation movement By Eli Bitan | November 4, 2018 How the settlers took over Israel By Rami Kaplan | November 2, 2018 A rotten system, not just rotten apples By Libby Lenkinski | August 1, 2018 This might come as a surprise, but it shouldn’t be. Many Jewish Israelis support ending the occupation, women’s right to pray at the Wailing Wall, and LGBTQ’s right to get married and adopt children. Similarly, most Americans approve of labor unions, support same-sex marriage, want stricter gun control, and oppose illegalizing abortions. So why do the policies of the Israeli and American governments fail to reflect voter demands?