It’s important to have the insights so that you can explain what’s going on
1. The media deny any nuance. You’re either for or against intolerance, and ideas outside this dichotomy are muffled. Demonstrators are only shown or mentioned if there is violence by the police or demonstrators. Politicians are only quoted if they slander others, lie, or sound desperate.
2. The proposed compromises were no middle roads. Some want to kill you, and others want you safe, let’s just maim you is not a compromise.
3. Protests now are vital to strengthen the weak Supreme Court to strike down the new anti-democratic law. They proved weak enough to allow bigots and extremists to stand in elections and even be ministers. NB: It ain’t over ’till it’s over. No setback ever proves that now all is lost.
4. It’s not personal. Netanyahu, Deri, Gantz, Lapid, Ben Gevir, or whoever else is not the issue. This is about (objectionable) ideas. It is not OK to malign, harass, or threaten politicians, or journalists for that matter. Bibi and Deri have done great things for us and the High Court terrible things.
5. There is no rift in the people. We’ve never had such unity before. The coup is only by a marginal group of bigots and some opportunists drunk on power. If they could believe they’d lose the next election by a landslide (which they will), they would never enact these laws opposing minority rights because soon they will be in the minority. Then the coalition could rule: anyone who didn’t serve in the army cannot own a house.
6. The High Court must have power over the government and other authorities because Israel has no Basic Law. In all countries that have one, any judge can renounce a law because it’s against the Constitution.
7. A majority coalition is anti-democratic if it enacts laws that are anti-equality, pro-corruption, unfair, or anti-minorities. To oppose that is pro-democracy. True democracy can never be a tyranny of the majority. To oppose that is pro-democracy. Therefore, our soldiers and pilots are so opposed. They were trained more than anyone in the world that Befehl ist Befehl doesn’t work. It’s the world upside-down when the bigots call the protestors anarchists.
8. The High Court ‘is left-wing.’ What is meant is that it has a big eye for minorities. That’s its job! You don’t complain that a surgeon cuts so much.
9. “Politicians are democratically elected and judges are not, so, politicians should have the last say.” We neither elect the bosses of the central bank, hospitals, secret services, and whatnot. They all can—and sometimes must—say to the government: that’s not how we operate.
10. All the pollsters are lying, besides doing a poor job. When Meretz and Labor join, they’ll get 9 seats. Then, the current opposition (besides the extreme Muslim party) will get 70 out of 120 seats. Shash may join, and maybe others too. The extremists will have all their power taken away.
11. The importance of our fight for democracy and equality for the law goes beyond our country. Many democratic states, prominently the US, are fighting off anti-democratic majorities. Our win will hearten them.