Open Thread | What Is Going On In Israel?

I saw videos of protests in Israel and wondered what was going on?

Been wondering what’s happening in Isreal.

Israel faces airport closure, strikes as rage mounts over courts overhaul
By Steve Hendrix and Shira Rubin
Updated March 27, 2023 at 8:13 a.m. EDT|Published March 27, 2023 at 4:13 a.m. EDT

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced mounting pressure Monday to halt his government’s drive to remake Israel’s judicial system as the backlash against the plan engulfed the country and strikes threatened national paralysis.

Israeli universities, workers’ unions, hospitals, malls and Israel’s national carrier, El Al, announced a general strike, and the international airport indefinitely terminated outgoing flights. Tens of thousands of protesters from around the country flooded into Jerusalem to express their opposition to the plan.

As calls for Netanyahu to stand down came from across the government, business community and opposition, including from Israeli President Isaac Herzog and Netanyahu’s own longtime lawyer, local media reported he would make a public statement Monday morning.

An official in Netanyahu’s Likud party who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to ongoing negotiations said that earlier Monday morning, the prime minister was ready to bow to pressure and halt the overhaul. Other Likud officials suggested that the move might be frozen at least until the Passover holiday and parliamentary recess next month, Israeli media reported. But the announcement was postponed amid reports that the prime minister had entered emergency consultations with his coalition partners.

Natan Sachs at Brookings (from 2/23):

In the United States, if a small majority of the House of Representatives aimed to pass legislation to curtail minority rights, the bill would still have to pass the Senate (with its filibuster), the presidential veto, and federal courts. Each of these institutions answers to different constraints and constituencies. They all operate under a defined Bill of Rights that is extremely hard to change. Many legal matters are also within the purview of the states, not the federal government. Abuse of minority rights still happens, but it requires the consent of many different institutions and constituencies.

In Israel, if a small majority of the sole chamber of the legislature, 61 of the 120-member Knesset, supported a bill to curtail individual or minority rights, it would face precisely one formal constraint: the Supreme Court, acting as a “High Court of Justice.” This is what the Netanyahu-Levin legislation would effectively abolish.

The Netanyahu coalition is proposing that only a unanimous decision of all 15 justices could strike down legislation. It is also proposing to politicize the process of judicial appointments, making unanimous decisions against a coalition even more remote a possibility. Most dramatically, if the court struck down legislation, a bare majority of 61 could simply override judicial review. The proposals would also downgrade legal advisors in the Israeli government from interpreters of the law at present to mere political advisers.

In short, in Netanyahu’s new Israel, the slimmest of majorities could decide anything. Pure, unbridled majoritarianism.

Israel’s majoritarian nightmare should be a US concern

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25 Responses to Open Thread | What Is Going On In Israel?

  1. Eliihass says:

    All anyone ever needs to know about the faux “protect Black women” astroturf campaign.. is that those behind it, those who rowdily, dubiously and cynically exploit, weaponize and wield it – and entirely and selectively for their political and clout-chasing purposes ..have expended far more time and energy shilling, ‘amplifying’, coddling, protecting, defending and fighting infinitely harder for an English prince and his racially ambiguous Ivanka-groupie actress wife…and their mixed-race faves.. than they have ever even marginally been bothered to do to protect, defend, or push back at what has been, and continues to be, the most egregious and actually virulently dehumanizing racist attacks ..and still very much ongoing malicious misgendering and racial brutalization of America’s fully-Black historic FLOTUS..

    For 15+years and still counting ..the fully-Black historic FLOTUS has been subjected to the most virulent racial brutalization ..and when they’re not cheering on or sniggering from the sidelines …it’s been crickets from much of this very same now endlessly rowdy, faux “protect/respect Black women” crowd.. Most of whom are right now, waging all sorts of raucous battles on behalf of an English prince and their mixed-race faves.. even as the brazen and vile misgendering of the fully-Black historic is simultaneously being ramped up in real-time, by those who continue to see her as a threat – including to their political ambitions – ..and even as the attacks on this actual metaphor of Black woman, is conveniently and insidiously ignored by the very same phony and fickle “protect/respect black women” crowd.. who also in many ways, see her as inconvenient to their well-laid plans for the mixed-race faves they now work hard to fluff up and force-feed the masses..

    And as the whole world watches this seriously warped “up-is-down and down-is-up” Orwellian shenanigans play out in real-time, one thing is certain in this time of race wars and hijacking and warping of narratives..this will come back to bite Black folks hard in the behind – and in more ways than one..

    The various gaslighting antics of the faux “protect black women” crowd will in the end, sputter out, but not before as is already happening, cheapening and diminishing the genuine plight of actual oppressed black folk.. It’ll be recycled by the malevolent for more than mere fodder.. it will be deconstructed, repurposed and maliciously exploited by any number of supremacists and other chaos agents who now actively study and work to turn a lot of stuff on its head…and actively wielded to contradict, sow doubt and confusion and do immense damage for the long-term.. to actual Black folks..

    The fully-Black historic FLOTUS has survived ..and will continue to survive.. and all by herself.. she’s never ever been coddled.. and never ever been seen as ‘delicate’ enough or worthy of chivalry, defense or protection (ironically, freely doled out even to an English prince – a man) …by and for those who will always, always prefer their “black” people mixed-race.. including by the faux “protect black women” hive and squad …who’ve routinely attacked her for the high crime of not martyring herself on behalf of their mixed-race faves..

    But, as she’s always done.. without uttering a word ..and sans raucous astroturf hive and squad.. She will once again confound the many ..and will again and again, come out still tops.. still unassuming greatness ordained.. still winning…ORGANICALLY..

    Watch and see..

  2. rikyrah says:

    But…the MSM said that he was a MODERATE REPUBLICAN….

    “Back to 1902”: Virginia Governor Revives Lifetime Ban on Voting
    Glenn Youngkin ends automatic rights restoration, replacing it with an opaque system that leaves Virginia with one of the nation’s harshest policies.

    Alex Burness | March 28, 2023

    Governor Glenn Youngkin just gave himself a lot more power to pick and choose Virginia voters. The Republican governor’s administration told state lawmakers in a letter last week that he was rescinding his predecessors’ policy of automatically restoring the voting rights of people with felony convictions.

    Going forward, Virginians will no longer regain their rights when released from prison—the most recent policy announced by Virginia officials in 2021—nor at any later point, unless Youngkin deems them to be worthy on an individual basis.

    His decision, which a future governor could alter, sidelines many residents who expected they would get to vote in Virginia elections.

    “I’ve never voted in my life. I was looking forward to voting this year,” Sincere Allah, who was released from prison the week Youngkin was inaugurated in 2022 and who has since waited to learn if his rights will be restored, told Bolts, in reference to the state’s upcoming legislative and prosecutorial elections. “I can pay taxes, I can be held to the same standard as everyone else when it comes to laws and rules and regulations, but I have no say-so or representation.”

    Youngkin’s announcement also puts Virginia in a category all its own: It is the only state where someone who is convicted today over any felony is presumed to be barred from voting for life, with no remedy other than receiving a discretionary act of clemency from the governor.

  3. rikyrah says:

    Hope Restored In DFW (@Kennymack1971) tweeted at 8:29 AM on Mon, Mar 27, 2023:
    People are eventually going to get tired of this. These Karens and Chads are going to push too hard and go too far.

  4. rikyrah says:

    philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) tweeted at 7:59 AM on Mon, Mar 27, 2023:
    The Disney movie “Ruby Bridges” has been removed from use at a Florida school until a review committee can assess it after a parent complained that the movie “might teach white children to hate Black children”

  5. rikyrah says:

    Mychal (@mychal3ts) tweeted at 8:05 AM on Mon, Mar 27, 2023:
    This is the true story of Ruby Bridges, a 6-year-old Black girl had to be accompanied by armed men to go to school. To learn to read, to learn to write, to be educated.

    Watching “Ruby Bridges” may cause sadness, anger at what she endured, but it will also make you love Ruby 💛

  6. rikyrah says:

    Chrysalis📚✌🏾💋💃🏾 🎷 (@JustStop0691) tweeted at 8:11 AM on Mon, Mar 27, 2023:
    Black children are insignificant, but white kids are delicate, fragile, and must be protected at all costs.

  7. rikyrah says:

    Jess Piper (@piper4missouri) tweeted at 9:22 AM on Sun, Mar 26, 2023:
    Friends, lowering corporate tax rates doesn’t help most of us. It harms us by defunding schools, roads, and other public services most of us rely on. The GOP is lying to you when they say lowering corporate taxes will help you. They are doing the bidding of their donors.

  8. rikyrah says:


    Kenny BooYah! 🖖🏾 (@KwikWarren) tweeted at 2:55 PM on Mon, Mar 27, 2023:
    People love to talk about how Mitt Romney is one of the few moderate Republicans. I call bullshit! The NRA has reportedly given Romney almost $14 million—more than any US Senator. They own him.

  9. rikyrah says:

    Because, of course…..

    𝐁𝐞𝐤𝐬 (@antifaoperative) tweeted at 11:01 AM on Mon, Mar 27, 2023:
    A Texas lawyer & former chairman of the Harris County Republican Party, who has been at the helm of of anti-LGBTQ and pro-life movements in Texas, knew for years of child sexual abuse claims against his law partner & continued to work w him for nearly a decade.

  10. rikyrah says:

    TV Fanatic👑⚜️ (@TvKhaleesi) tweeted at 10:11 PM on Mon, Mar 27, 2023:
    Some royals can’t even leave the house without eggs being thrown at them while other royals get no reaction to boos. In the mean time, Prince Harry is getting “we love you, Harry.” Oh, I see why they are mad😭.

  11. rikyrah says:

    Bad Faith ✝️🐴🇺🇲🌻🇺🇦 (@Jeffdc5) tweeted at 5:52 AM on Tue, Mar 28, 2023:
    Blame the voters, stop tap dancing around it. All our problems are the fault of people voting in lunatics.

  12. rikyrah says:

    Bob south florida water man (@WaterDean) tweeted at 4:54 AM on Tue, Mar 28, 2023:
    Idaho passes law letting students sue for “emotional harm” if they see a trans kid in the restroom This is not america any more it’s the republic of fascism.

  13. rikyrah says:

    Dr. William Horne (@wihorne) tweeted at 6:02 PM on Mon, Mar 27, 2023:
    I peeked at the Christian nationalist corners of the internet & can’t shake the feeling that things are abt to get horrifically bad. I’d give anything to be wrong, but they were already in the midst of a genocidal attack on LGBTQ folks & seem ready to expand it dramatically.

  14. rikyrah says:

    Barbara Lee for US Senate (D-CA) (@Needle_of_Arya) tweeted at 5:16 AM on Tue, Mar 28, 2023:
    Apparently Canada has law that prohibits giving deep life details of a murder suspect right away so as to not bias the public one way or another before a trial happens.

    Such a law would be useful in America, where deep life details are given out for any suspect not a cishet WM.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Tristan Snell (@TristanSnell) tweeted at 6:02 PM on Mon, Mar 27, 2023:
    Uvalde: AR-15
    Buffalo: AR-15
    Boulder: AR-15
    Orlando: AR-15
    Parkland: AR-15
    Las Vegas: AR-15
    Sandy Hook: AR-15
    San Bernardino: AR-15
    Midland/Odessa: AR-15
    Colorado Springs: AR-15
    Poway synagogue: AR-15
    Sutherland Springs: AR-15
    Tree of Life Synagogue: AR-15

    Nashville: AR-15

  16. rikyrah says:

    This is true. Look at the thread from the coverage around the world:

    Anna 🌸 (@anna_itsonlyme) tweeted at 9:13 AM on Mon, Mar 27, 2023:
    If you were wondering why #PrinceHarry travelled to London for this hearing, just take a look at how far and wide his attendance is being reported.
    Otherwise, it would barely be reported at all by the British Press.

  17. rikyrah says:

    Boom The Brazen Hussy (@TheDuchessBoom) tweeted at 8:00 AM on Mon, Mar 27, 2023:
    The Daily Mail spent half their court case with Meghan trying to make her name her 5 friends who simply heard of the letter Daily Mail chose to illegally publish. But sure, it’s a human rights violation to name the Journalists that actually published stolen data.

  18. rikyrah says:

    Pagan Trelawney 🐘🐘🐘 (@PaganTrelawney) tweeted at 3:06 AM on Tue, Mar 28, 2023:
    Thanks to Harry’s presence in London, this story is getting the attention it deserved, which is important bcos thé DailyFail has asked the judge to restrict the media’s ability to report this case

  19. rikyrah says:

    Call me suspicious or paranoid…
    but, I think that school where the shooting happened in Nashville, needs to be delved into more.
    I don’t think it was all that random.

  20. rikyrah says:

    Mike Hixenbaugh (@Mike_Hixenbaugh) tweeted at 7:25 AM on Mon, Mar 27, 2023:
    This is a must-read by @RobertDownen_ about a GOP powerbroker who led anti-LGBTQ campaigns — warning of grooming of children by gay men — while defending a powerful Christian ally who’d long been accused of molesting boys and young men. via @TexasTribune

  21. rikyrah says:

    UH HUH

    Ali Velshi (@AliVelshi) tweeted at 8:22 AM on Mon, Mar 27, 2023:
    Americans should watch developments in Israel, in which a sitting prime minister, facing criminal charges of fraud, breach of trust and bribery, was returned to office, and is now attempting to pass laws that would, among other things, limit the ways in which he can be declared…

  22. rikyrah says:

    How is this legal?

    philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) tweeted at 7:02 AM on Tue, Mar 28, 2023:
    Alabama’s governor has proposed using more than $300 million from the state’s education budget for non-education expenses, including prison construction and a water park

  23. rikyrah says:

    Alexis( Trojan horse sowing discord in the west) (@ArchewellBaby) tweeted at 8:21 AM on Mon, Mar 27, 2023:
    There’s something special about Princess Diana’s friend Elton John, working together with Diana’s heir, Prince Harry, To bring to justice the vile institutions that led to her death.

    Go Harry!

  24. rikyrah says:

    Royal Expert My Ass🙄 Get a real Job!🤣🤣 (@Sussexdefense) tweeted at 0:10 PM on Mon, Mar 27, 2023:
    Charles and William were both not aware that prince Harry was in the UK, if they did they would have leaked to the tabloids. Prince Harry has not requested to meet with Charles or William. He is not here for a family reunion.

  25. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone😊😊😊

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