Ryan E.
March 18, 2023

Israel's President Compromise Rejected By Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel's President Isaac Herzog recently presented Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with a compromise proposal regarding the government's plans to reform the country's judiciary.

Benji rejected it.

Herzog called Netanyahu's decision a "nightmare" and insisted that there is "civil war looming."

"Those who think that a civil war is a border we won’t reach, have no clue. The abyss is within arm’s reach."

Netanyahu said that he didn't sign the compromise because "key elements of the proposal he suggested just perpetuate the existing situation, and don’t bring the necessary balance between the branches."

"That is the unfortunate truth."

Netanyahu must not think that Herzog is actually that worried about civil war. If Herzog was half as concerned as he says he is, then Herzog would not have boycotted discussions to arrive at a compromise.

Israel's Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich demanded Herzog rescind the proposal at once. "If he fails to, then the president will have made a sharp turn left, giving in to threats and giving a prize to violence," Smotrich said.

Herzog responded by claiming that his proposal was only the starting point for talks:

"It is important for me to say that I am obviously hearing the reactions to my proposed framework from all sides, and I accept constructive criticism with love and great respect. The ‘People’s Plan’ that I proposed is intended as a basis from which we can move on, change and specify — it’s not the end of the discussion, only its beginning."

Except that wasn't what Herzog was saying just the previous day.

"I’ve heard deep-rooted hatred. I’ve heard people from all sides say that if, God forbid, there’ll be blood in the streets, it will no longer shock them," he said then.

That doesn't sound like a starting point for long-term negotiations.

It sounds like a threat.

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