Israeli Opposition Warns of “Civil War,” “End of Democracy” as 80,000 Rally against Netanyahu

Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – The Palestinian newspaper Amad reports that tens of thousands of Israelis took part on Saturday evening in demonstrations in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa protesting the new Israeli government, headed by Binyamin Netanyahu. The Hebrew press reported a massive police presence at these sites.

The Israeli center-right is finding out what Palestinians feel like, as the extremist, far-right government of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu makes plans to ride roughshod over their rights and values with never so much as a ‘by your leave.’

Amad reports that the Hebrew press said that 80,000 protesters gathered in the central Habima Square in Tel Aviv against the government’s plan to deprive the judiciary of the right of reviewing legislation for constitutionality. Thousands more rallied in Haifa, Jerusalem and in front of the house of the Justice Minister Yariv Levin.

(NB: It is noteworthy that the BJP/RSS government is also attacking India’s judiciary in similar fashion, wishing to deprive our Supreme Court of its function to safeguard the Constitution. DS).

By 11 pm Israeli time the the police were saying 100,000 demonstrators had come out. The police then announced that they would block further protesters heading toward Habima because of the massive congestion in the area.

Major roads were closed off, but the organizers called on protesters to find alternative routes into the square.

At the same time, 1,500 demonstrators massed at a similar rally in Jerusalem….