Netanyahu vs the Court
The court has been dragging the charges against Netanyahu for a very long time, unable to indict him during his period as the PM. These charges really may not amount to anything serious; yet, they have persisted throughout the years.
Bibi’s drive to remove himself from this miserable court battle may just be the reason he opted to venture more and more to the right. Yes – Bibi won the election democratically and Israelis should respect that. However, his handling of this initiative to alter the court balance has given the opposition just what they needed to mount a major battle against the new government.
Lapid and the opposition incite their followers to keep up their fight against Netanyahu by claiming that he is destroying Israel’s democracy. As the opposition filled up the streets of Tel Aviv the demonstrations got out of hand, jamming traffic and daily life in the city. Sensing a growing momentum, these leaders pushed the demonstrations into a serious kind of confrontation so that police had to intervene.
President Herzog is now stuck in the middle of this raging battle, trying to calm the situation and warning of dire consequences for the nation as a whole. Unfortunately, his efforts have been largely unsuccessful to date as both sides remain entrenched in their position.
At this time, as protests and civil unrest continue to spread, the big question is who will be brave enough to listen to another’s opinion? Only with open ears and minds can both sides engage in any type of meaningful dialogue and reconciliation.