Former PM Olmert after passage of overhaul bill: We are entering a ‘civil war’

Former prime minister Ehud Olmert tells the UK’s Channel 4 News that Israel is entering a civil war after today’s passage of the first bill from the government’s judicial overhaul.

“This is a serious threat. It’s never happened before. We are going into a civil war now — civil disobedience with all of the possible ramifications to the stability of the state and the ability of the government to perform, to the obedience of the large part of the Israeli population to a government which is perceived by a large part of the population to be illegitimate.”

“The government has decided to threaten the foundations of Israeli democracy, and this is not something that we can accept or tolerate,” Olmert says.

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