In a speech Saturday night in Haifa, the former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak they urged individuals taking part in the demonstrations against the judicial reforms to conduct additional actions, such as civil disobedience.
In a protest speech, Barak asserted, “We will win because we have no other land and no other way.
We are resolute and will preserve democracy. Arabs, Jews, secular, religious, and traditional Israelis make up our large extended family. The group includes democracy and the rule of law.
We are engaged in a conflict over Israel’s destiny and spirit. We are battling as one family for everything important to us so it won’t be simple or quick.
Barak added, “We are determined, and we will save democracy. The governmental reform was stopped at the ninetieth minute, by you, by the strength of the protest in the street and the warnings of the pilots and fighters.
On the night [Defense Minister Yoav] Gallant was fired, [Israei Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu folded, and we won the battle. Netanyahu understands that if he tries again to legislate the law of judges and judged, he will meet an iron wall.”
“But we have not yet won the battle,” Barak said.
“The ones conducting the reforms have not given up. They have the same goal, just a different method. Netanyahu was and needs time at any cost. In order to pass a budget, to calm the winds at home, to receive an invitation to the White House, and above all, dissolve and weaken the protest.
My conclusion: This is not the time to take a break. We must not err with illusions: We must increase the protest and end the negotiations immediately.”
“To this end, the protest must increase to civil rebellion. Nonviolent disobedience. The script for civil rebellion has already been written by Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King, and others. I call on all Israeli civilians to prepare to act, and when the call comes – answer it. We will fight, and we will not fear anyone or anything.”
The Likud responded to Barak’s tirade by claiming that “Ehud Barak, the man who met with pedophile Jeffrey Epstein over 30 times after his conviction, continues his pathetic attempts to legitimize his obscene actions by inciting violent incitement and calling for civil disobedience.
“People won’t be able to forget Barak’s deeds in Epstein’s sealed rooms because of his provocation. Nothing can disguise his true character, yet this is the left’s purported ethical role model.
Nissim Vatouri, a Likud MK, declared he would report Barak’s remarks to the police. Vatouri proclaimed, “This man ought to be in jail. He would be executed in other nations by hanging, but in a democracy like Israel, he should serve at least 20 years in prison for sedition.