Former prime minister Ehud Barak speaks on stage at a mass anti-government protest in Tel Aviv.
“The [judicial] overhaul is an assassination of the declaration of independence, which will turn Israel into a dictatorship,” Barak says at the protest.
Barak rejects calls for negotiations with the government until the legislation is halted: “When there is a gun to your temple, you first eliminate it.”
“If these dictatorship laws come to fruition, we will have to walk the path of nonviolent civil disobedience,” Barak adds. “Nonviolent civil disobedience is not insurrection, it is the right and duty of every citizen… the call for civil disobedience is a call for every citizen to take action so that they won’t find themselves cooperating or supporting government actions which oppose their conscience.”