"If they don't stop the plan against democracy, we'll stop the State!" warned a young man driving his car slowly enough to cause a traffic jam at the main entrance to and exit from Israel. The Ben Gurion Airport was one of the main focuses of the "Day of National Resistance" promoted this Thursday by the detractors of the government's initiative to weaken the judiciary. The choice of this term reflects their desire, driven by a sense of urgency and concern, to raise the intensity of the demonstrations.
Meanwhile, efforts under the tutelage of President Isaac Herzog continue to bear no fruit in a pact on the reform that would slow down the approval process in the Knesset and the dizzying race of his country towards an even deeper and perhaps violent fracture. "I see the images and say Enough! What is happening is a tragedy. For 10 weeks I have been working non-stop to protect Israel's society and democracy," said Herzog, who for the first time publicly demanded tonight that the government bury its project of reforms to change it for another agreement that, according to what he reveals, can be achieved soon although it depends on the politicians. The organizers of the massive protests that have been taking place for two months in Israel chose the airport not only because of its symbolic and practical charge but also because between The 70,000 passengers scheduled for this Thursday included Benjamin Netanyahu with a ticket to Italy. That the Prime Minister of Israel had to arrive at the airport by helicopter and that the US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin met Netanyahu and his Israeli counterpart, Yoav, upon landing. Galant at the headquarters of the Aeronautical Industry in the airport area are the latest signs of an unprecedented crisis." The real The opposition's objective is to overthrow the government democratically elected a few months ago," Netanyahu denounced before flying to Rome where an idyllic weekend awaits him with his wife Sara. Jewish Italians and Israelis will demonstrate against the judicial plan while a local translator refused to go with him Thursday night to the synagogue in the Italian capital to protest "the dangerous changes for democracy in Israel." The fact that while "Israel is burning", in the words of the opposition, Netanyahu has decided to leave and stay in Italy until Saturday night, raised the anger among the protesters at the airport. About twenty of them received fines for refusing to move forward with their cars. "It's a lower price compared to what we're at stake," said Omri. Among the protests in 130 locations across the country, the earliest was at the offices of the Forum Kohelet, a conservative academic institution that served as an ideological platform for reform. A group of Army reservists who demonstrate weekly have placed bags of cement and barbed wire fences outside their offices in Jerusalem. Police detained Ron Sharf, a former officer of the elite Sayeret Matcal unit, for several hours. The protest reached the sea when demonstrators, including two former senior commanders of the Naval Force, blocked access to the port of Haifa for a few minutes. At noon, tens of thousands of people marched with Israeli flags through the main streets of Tel Aviv , the capital of the technological ecosystem that in a majority way opposes the judicial plan that, for example, would give the Government a majority in the judge selection commission. A group of protesters blocked the main road artery in the center of the country (Ayalón) for an hour until the Police dispersed them. The officer who allowed them to cut off their access saw minister Itamar ben Gvir change his position hours later in an unprecedented political intervention. Every word and action of this extreme right-wing politician fuels a protest that is expanding by the minute.
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