Israeli leftists are out, calling for civil war, fighting in the streets, and

Left-wing protests against the elected government in Israel

Left-wing Israeli opposition groups have stepped up calls for violence and civil war as the new right-wing government tries to rein in the Supreme Court’s control. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called them what they are: harmful.

Speaking at the Israeli Bar Association in Eilat on Wednesday, left-wing attorney David Hodak said he would have “no choice but to use live fire” if anyone tried to force him to “remain in a dictatorship”, the Jerusalem Post reported.

“If it’s necessary to go to war, I will go to war. People are ready to take up arms… and I’m telling you: if it comes, I’ll do it. … There could be a civil war here, unfortunately,” added Hodak, a 70-year-old Army veteran.

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In a telephone interview the following night with Channel 13’s current-events program “Hajinor,” Hodak doubled down on his statement. “If they impose a dictatorship on me, I will fight,” he said. “What’s not clear?” Asked if he would do so with weapons, he replied, “Even with weapons, if necessary.”

“I will do whatever it takes to prevent a dictatorship,” Hodak said. “I hope the protest proves effective. If not, we will engage in non-violent civil disobedience. If that does not succeed, we will resort to violent civil disobedience.”

Former pilot Lt. Col. Zeiv Raz, one of the organizers of the violent 2021 protests outside the home of then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, called for Netanyahu’s assassination: “If the prime minister takes autocratic power, he must die, plain and simple, along with his ministers and followers. We should too from Rodef (A Jewish law authorizes the killing of someone who intends to harm or kill others), Ruthie Blum reports to Arutz Sheva.

In a speech at a rally in Haifa on Saturday night, opposition leader Yair Lapid called for “fighting in the streets”: “We will fight here in the streets. We will fight in the Knesset. We will fight in the courts. We will save our country, because we live in an undemocratic (country). Not willing to.” Zeev Raz was questioned by Israeli police on Sunday and had to walk back his crazy comments.

In a speech before the Knesset, opposition leader Yar Lapid called the judicial reform “not just the erasure of democracy, it is the painful destruction of our collective existence.”

The Israeli left can’t win elections, so they’ve used the leftist Supreme Court to block moves against Netanyahu and the patriotic right. Now that the new government wants to restore the balance of power, they are panicking.

Yar Lapid stated that “for the first time in my life, I am concerned that this (Israeli democracy) will not survive. If the government completes the legislative process it has started, it will be irreversible. The fracture will be very deep. Already now, more and more people are telling themselves that we are no longer human. That their country abandoned them,” Lapid said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has rightly pointed out that the frenzied left is simply accepting defeat.

“Defeat is not easy, but in a democracy there is no other way, you have to know how to accept the voter’s verdict and lose with dignity,” Netanyahu said.

“Many issues can and should be debated, but there is one issue that cannot be debated, and that is sedition to violence and calls to murder. It is crossing a red line. Democracy is the rule of the majority, not the rule of the gun”, Netanyahu said.

Writing on Twitter, Netanyahu said that “I hope the leaders of the opposition parties will work to calm the mood of the people – first and foremost to stop the wild provocations that are going on against me, against my family, against government ministers and against leading members of the Knesset.” “

Photographs of earlier protests in Tel Aviv were apparently made to appear larger than the crowd.

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