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Between Civil Disobedience and Civil War

This is an essential moment that has the potential to fracture the Israeli public beyond repair. Donniel Hartman, Yossi Klein Halevi, and Elana Stein Hain discuss.

Protesters against the proposed changes to the justice system at the President's Residence in Jerusalem, on January 21, 2023 (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)
Protesters against the proposed changes to the justice system at the President's Residence in Jerusalem, on January 21, 2023 (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)

For those who oppose Netanyahu’s far-reaching plans to weaken the independence of the judiciary, this is an essential moment that has the potential to fracture the Israeli public beyond repair. But what will that fracturing look like, and will it turn into something more violent than we’ve seen in the past?

In this episode, Donniel Hartman, Yossi Klein Halevi, and Elana Stein Hain discuss what motivated hundreds of thousands to protest in Tel Aviv (including our co-hosts), the growing schism in Israeli society, and what a civil war would mean for Israel. Listen here:

For Heaven’s Sake is a podcast from the Shalom Hartman Institute’s iEngage Project that revives the lost art of Jewish debate for the sake of illuminating a topic, not sowing division. The podcast draws its name from the concept of Machloket l’shem shemayim, “Disagreeing for the sake of heaven.”

Subscribe to For Heaven’s Sake on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you receive your podcasts.

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