The time for centre-ground politics appears lost in many countries.
Friday Haaretz reports "Israel has been infected by the seeds of fascism says ex-Prime Minister Ehud Barak."
Mr Barak was speaking in a television interview. He was responding to the resignation of Moshe Ya'alon the Israeli Defence Minister.
He said there are no serious leaders left in the world who believe in the Israeli government; presumably meaning the current government.
More reports of "extremists" infiltrating the Israeli government are readily available online.
The Times of Israel reports "Former PM Barak says Ya’alon was ‘purged’ by Netanyahu; ex-FM Livni protests the choice of Liberman, who ‘opposes army’s code of ethics’."
"“This isn’t merely a political event,” Livni told Channel 2’s nightly news broadcast. “This is a crisis — not only of leadership but of ethics.”
Ya'alon has been replaced by Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman as defence minister.
Younger idealistic voters often vote with heart and passion though with time and personal gains that tends to change as cynicism sets in. For some it is always a case of politicians are all the same but that is not true especially when you consider the true left and right wing of politics.
Then there are political extremes who may appeal to various voting age groups.
Here in the UK anti-Semitism is allegedly rampant in the Labour Party but is it?
Reading the reports of Barak's television interview left me wondering if he would be accused of anti-Semitism if he lived in the UK and was a Labour Party member or MP.
Using the words fascism and Israel in the same sentence could be enough for some.
While free and open democracies often debate balancing on a fine line between freedom of expression and thought and hate and prejudice anti-Semitism allegations against Labour have a nasty whiff to them.
Some allegations have been around for some time but the majority only became big news following the election of Jeremy Corbyn as party leader in September 2015.
Weakening Corbyn's position as party leader and undermining the Labour Party seems the main aim; addressing real allegations of anti-Semitism in the party is secondary.
Other political parties have had leading lights blaming the weather on gay marriage, saying female workers are worth less and playing the race card but those reports are nicely swept under the carpet as the MSM goes all out in its attack of Labour.
Read the Haaretz report via the link below and imagine it was a Labour Party politician or member rather than Ehud Barak in the frame.
Would he be accused of anti-Semitism?
Times of Israel
In a press release Trump calls for a "total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States until our country's representatives can figure out what is going on."
In the UK Monday islamophobia also raised its ugly head but this time on a National bus due to travel from Bristol Coach Station to London Victoria.
The bus company's official line was that a man was "asked to leave because he had too much luggage."
Passengers however tell a different story.
According to the Bristol Post the passenger was told to leave the bus "by a member of National Express staff after a woman onboard the coach said she would feel "uncomfortable" travelling with him."
One passenger Rebekah Makinde, a student at Bristol University, said the complaints were clearly made because of the man's religion. Other passengers reportedly looked on in disbelief.
Ironically legislation to address racial discrimination in the UK came into force 50 years ago Monday. On December 8, 1965, the Race Relations Act "made it a civil but not a criminal offence to discriminate on the "grounds of colour, race, or ethnic or national origins" in public places." In 1968 the legislation was tightened.
But 50 years on, the results of regional elections in France are in and the people have handed victory to the far-right; Marie Le Pen and the National Front (FN) are celebrating. Thousands of refugees and the Paris terror attacks in November have resulted in a rejection of the country's leader Francois Hollande and left-wing politics.
Fear is leading to extremism and it is coming from many sources; people like Trump with political aspirations, terrorist groups and ordinary people.
Echoes of Nazi Germany, the treatment of Jewish citizens and the holocaust are becoming tangible.
Are we really going to go down that path once more albeit this time with a different religion?