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On the Verge of a Constitutional Crisis

Donniel Hartman, Yossi Klein Halevi, and Elana Stein Hain explore the line between civil disobedience and conscientious objection in Israel.

A demonstrator waves the Israeli flag seated on a highway while flanked by border police during a protest against plans by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government to overhaul the judicial system, in Tel Aviv, Israel, March 9, 2023. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
A demonstrator waves the Israeli flag seated on a highway while flanked by border police during a protest against plans by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government to overhaul the judicial system, in Tel Aviv, Israel, March 9, 2023. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

Last week, President Herzog publicly called for the Netanyahu-led government to rescind its current judicial overhaul plan and resume talks with the opposition. Unheeded, the government’s legislative blitz continued as protests against the government gather momentum. Donniel Hartman, Yossi Klein Halevi, and Elana Stein Hain explore the complexity of the coalition government, the line between civil disobedience and conscientious objection, and how much longer Israel can continue to defy the odds as a fractured society. Listen here:

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