Israel’s president warns of risk of ‘civil war’ | protests

Israel awoke this Thursday to a day of “escalating resistance to the dictatorship”, an expression used by organizers of the nationwide protest expected to bring hundreds of thousands of people to the streets with “unrest” planned in 150 locations. The day of questioning the ruling coalition’s judicial reform began hours after Benjamin Netanyahu rejected a compromise proposed by President Isaac Herzog. “Anyone who thinks that a real civil war, of human life, is a line we won’t reach, has no idea,” Herzog warned.

As in the previous two weeks, there are protesters blocking some of Israel’s main roads and highways and demonstrations outside universities, the Supreme Court in Jerusalem and the US consulate in Tel Aviv. At least seven protesters were arrested in the morning, including five who had redlined the Supreme Court.

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