In an interview set to air later today, National Security Adviser Tzachi Hanegbi appears to say Israel’s anti-overhaul protest movement prevented Israel from sliding toward dictatorship.
In a promo for the Channel 12 interview, Hanegbi says “I was very surprised” by the public response to the government’s judicial shakeup plan.
“That’s why I was very glad when I understood that the protesters’ bleak forecasts simply weren’t going to come true. Which I’m sure they are happy about.”
Asked by the interviewer what forecasts he’s referring to, Hanegbi answers: “That we’re headed to a dictatorship.”
When the interviewer says this was due to the protests, Hanegbi seems to respond: “Exactly so. The protest movement was the most effective factor in stopping the original plans for judicial reform. That’s a fact.”
It is not immediately clear whether the promo’s editing accurately reflects Hanegbi’s position, which would be highly surprising for a longtime Likud stalwart and ally of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Hanegbi has so far not commented on the matter.
צפיתי בזה 3 פעמים, כדי להיות בטוח. צחי הנגבי מרים למחאה ואומר שהיא עצרה את הדיקטטורה.
צחי, תמצמץ פעמיים אם נחטפת. pic.twitter.com/e1bLFLp9Al
— Ben Caspit בן כספית (@BenCaspit) September 4, 2023