It's a common mistake, and an entertaining one, to make comparisons between the Israeli and Turkish governments - to compare human-rights violations in each country; to compare the personal ambitions of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to those of Recep Tayyip Erdogan; to see a parallel between Israel's treatment of its Arab minority and Turkey's war on its Kurdish minority, and to see a commonality in each leader's attacks on the media.
In fact there are vast differences between Israel and Turkey, and between Erdogan and Netanyahu.
Sunday's constitutional referendum, which ended in a narrow victory for Erdogan highlighted one of the main differences: Turkey's constitution gives citizens an active role in shaping the system of government and defining the state's ideology, and not only during elections.
Anyone who isn't willing to give Erdogan supreme power to run the state as he pleases is undermining the nation.
The vocabulary Erdogan uses against his rivals is very similar to that of Netanyahu and his associates, who identify love of the homeland with love of the leader.
Just as Erdogan ousted leading liberals from his party, Netanyahu has pushed out anyone considered too moderate for his nationalist tastes, or who undermined the personality cult he has built around himself.
In this manner, Erdogan and Netanyahu have eliminated the possibility of a political heir and hollowed out any ideological or moral discussion that might present an alternative to the leader's ideology, or to his monopoly over that ideology, of all content.
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