Moshe-Mordechai van Zuiden
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Strike, don’t just demonstrate against the judicial coup, and don’t relent

The ultra-right starts to realize it lost, has built on melting ice, and fatigues

They expect less resistance than they encountered in March, but why?

A right-wing outgoing ex-deputy AG wants a Bibi plea bargain because the trial against Netanyahu can’t coincide with the overhaul. He forgets Bibi’d be insane (and he isn’t) if he’d agree to a plea bargain if he’s innocent. He still lies like a charm claiming he only forgot to drink on an outing during a heatwave. I don’t think his judgment is that severely impaired.

The brains behind the coup attempt are getting tired and desperate.

Also the riffraff is getting frantic, even in the Knesset.

Some new cracks appear in the coalition, including in the Likud.

They try to intimidate the President out of neutrality into submission.

Netanyahu plays chicken with striking reservists. Who’s the attacker here? The IDF trains soldiers that ‘It’s the law’ doesn’t justify following unjust commands. But Gantz needed to side with Bibi not to seem unreasonable.

Ben Gevir is getting more isolated and indefensible by the day. His attempts to bully the demonstrators via the police will backfire.

The ultra-right ‘press’ continues with false (outlying) poll numbers as if the Likud and Netanyahu would stay the largest. No other outlet finds this.

Beware: The government tries passing the backbone of the coup, not a thin slice, as part of salami tactics. NB: We oppose ideas, not people. The ultra-right lies nothing drastic will be done and preferring negotiations. Never believe the coalition claiming this is exactly what the Justices want. And distrust opposition leaders claiming negotiation may still happen.

Parents surely should take their kids to demonstrations that are not expected to be violent, like in Jerusalem. It’s part of educating them.

Here are two new examples of why Israel needs a High Court to strike down majority decisions and laws that harm vulnerable minorities since we lack a Basic Law that would enable every Israeli judge to do so.

The coalition’s mantra is false. It goes roughly like: ‘Non-elected officials cannot override a freely elected government.’ That depends. There’s no democratic right to violate minorities or equality. No majority may use the courts, police, or army to stifle the People. Unelected heads of hospitals or universities do not need to do science such that it pleases the majority. Neither are artists, religious leaders, or laborers slaves of the PM. Etc.

The Saturday night demonstrations and weekday upheaval are relentless.

I say that demonstrations don’t suffice anymore. We need nationwide strikes at hospitals and health fonds, the IDF, harbors, airports, shops, industry, courts, transportation, freezing preparations for the new school and academic year for schools and universities, interruptions of electricity, TV, and internet access, etc. with exception of news reports. All workers can do this maximally responsibly while causing maximal discomfort.

I admit it’s hard to disrupt trains or interrupt the electricity supply when there are power outages because of technical problems or a heatwave.

All this public protest will not persuade the government. It might convince a few coalition MKs. But their most important aim is at the High Court. These Justices were too weak/confused to stop Ben Gevir and his cohorts from standing for election and entering the government. They must know all of Israeli society will come to a halt if they fail yet again to do their job.

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MM is a prolific and creative writer and thinker, an almost daily blog contributor to the Times of Israel, and previously, for decades, he was known to the Jerusalem Post readers as a frequent letter writer. He often makes his readers laugh, mad, or assume he's nuts—close to perfect blogging. He's proud that his analytical short comments are removed both from left-wing and right-wing news sites. None of his content is (partly) generated by AI. * As a frontier thinker, he sees things many don't yet. He's half a prophet. Half. Let's not exaggerate. He doesn't believe that people observe and think in a vacuum. 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