With judicial reform about to start again, we look at how protests have and have not worked in Israel's past. We start with Menachem Begin's protests against German reparations in 1952.
The two situations don’t seem at all comparable. Either reparations were so morally unacceptable that none could be taken, or Israel’s needs were great and reparations were a minimal way of redressing the great evil naziism had inflicted that more than justified their use. Either they could be taken or not. Nor did the opponents threaten to undermine Israel by hampering its functioning.
But, in this case ,compromise is possible. There are any number of variable ways in which the current unfettered judiciary could be limited. There is plenty of room for negotiation, and a willingness to utterly halt the basic operations of one’s country in order to prohibit any iota of change in the status quo doesn’t speak well for those promoting that position
A feature of the Israeli protests that immediately catches the eye is that everyone comes out with the same flags. Is this a legal restriction or a manifestation of patriotism?