Illiberalism · Israel



Fig. 1. “Sara Netanyahu, wife of the Prime Minister of Israel, Mr. Benjamin Netanyahu signing the visitors’ book, at Teen Murti Chowk, in New Delhi. . . . The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi is also seen.” Photograph credited to Prime Minister's Office (GODL-India), January 14, 2018, via Wikimedia Commons, GODL-India.

See also:

Steve Hendrix and Ruth Eglash, “Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu indicted on charges of bribery, fraud, breach of trust,” Washington Post, November 21, 2019,

Raoul Wootliff, “AG announces Netanyahu to stand trial for bribery, fraud and breach of trust,” Times of Israel, November 21, 2019,

Times of Israel, “TV report says top Likud leaders working behind the scenes to oust Netanyahu,” November 22, 2019,

Ruth Eglash, “Netanyahu to ask Israeli parliament for immunity from criminal charges,” Washington Post, January 1, 2020,

Times of Israel, “Netanyahu asks Knesset for immunity from prosecution, delaying indictment,” January 1, 2020,

Times of Israel, “In blow to Netanyahu, Knesset legal adviser said set to okay immunity debate,” January 10, 2020,

Raoul Wootliff, “Netanyahu indicted for corruption in three cases, in first for a sitting PM,” Times of Israel, January 28, 2020,

Steve Hendrix and Ruth Eglash, “Netanyahu scores comeback in Israeli election, still short of outright majority,” Washington Post, March 2, 2020,

Michael Bachner, “Knesset legal adviser hedges on bill to block Netanyahu premiership,” Times of Israel, March 4, 2020,

Jacob Magid, “Liberman says his party will back law that would bar Netanyahu from being PM,” Times of Israel, March 5, 2020,

Raoul Wootliff, “Final results show Likud with 36 seats, Netanyahu bloc short of majority with 58,” Times of Israel, March 5, 2020,

Gershom Gorenberg, “With a pandemic as cover, Netanyahu is carrying out a coup in Israel,” Washington Post, March 19, 2020,

Raoul Wootliff, “Netanyahu and Gantz said forming unity government; Blue and White collapses,” Times of Israel, March 26, 2020,

Ishaan Tharoor, “After Israel’s election, it’s the Palestinians who need to vote,” Washington Post, November 2, 2022,

Michael Bachner, “With 86% of votes tallied, Netanyahu headed for decisive comeback victory,” Times of Israel, November 2, 2022,

Shayndi Raice, “Benjamin Netanyahu Wins Another Shot at Leading Israel,” Wall Street Journal, November 3, 2022,

Carrie Keller-Lynn, “Netanyahu puts extremist homophobic politician in charge of Israel’s Jewish identity,” Times of Israel, November 27, 2022,

Isabel Kershner, “Israel’s New Hard-Line Government Raises Hackles Ahead of Inauguration,” New York Times, December 28, 2022,

Ron Kampeas, “Netanyahu’s new government could lose a critical constituency: American conservatives,” Jewish Telegraphic Agency, December 29, 2022,

David Horovitz, “Hanukkah 2022, when Netanyahu began turning out the lights on Israeli democracy,” Times of Israel, January 1, 2023,

Jeremy Sharon, “Justice minister unveils plan to shackle the High Court, overhaul Israel’s judiciary,” Times of Israel, January 4, 2023,

Isabel Kershner, “Israel’s Supreme Court Orders Removal of Netanyahu Minister,” New York Times, January 18, 2023,

Carrie Keller-Lynn, “Netanyahu fires Deri ‘with a heavy heart’ after High Court nixes convicted minister,” Times of Israel, January 22, 2023,

Ishaan Tharoor, “Netanyahu drags Israeli democracy into the illiberal mire,” Washington Post, January 25, 2023,

Jeremy Sharon, “AG: Netanyahu barred from dealing with judicial overhaul due to corruption trial,” Times of Israel, February 2, 2023,

Jeremy Sharon, “Former AG: Netanyahu seeking to use judicial reform to bring trial to improper end,” Times of Israel, February 9, 2023,

Ishaan Tharoor, “Jimmy Carter’s warning: Without peace, Israel must face ‘apartheid,’” Washington Post, February 24, 2023,

Jennifer Rubin, “Israel has angered its closest supporters,” Washington Post, March 1, 2023,

Carrie Keller-Lynn, “MKs approve 1st reading of override clause, in major step toward judicial overhaul,” Times of Israel, March 13, 2023,

Toby Axelrod, “In Berlin, Netanyahu faces tough questions from a key ally, while Israelis abroad protest,” Jewish Telegraphic Agency, March 16, 2023,

Emanuel Fabian, “Hundreds of elite IDF reservists stop showing up for duty over judicial overhaul,” Times of Israel, March 19, 2023,

Times of Israel, “‘Red line we won’t accept’: Levin warns Court not to block judicial appointments bill,” March 21, 2023,

Tracy Wilkinson, “Longtime Israel backers in U.S. turn outraged critics — but Biden administration remains distant,” Los Angeles Times, March 21, 2023,

Shira Rubin and Steve Hendrix, “Netanyahu vows to push through judicial overhaul amid nationwide protests,” Washington Post, March 23, 2023,

Dan Williams, “Israel ratifies law limiting conditions for a Netanyahu ouster,” Reuters, March 23, 2023,

Times of Israel, “AG says Netanyahu is breaking the law and in violation of conflict of interest deal,” Times of Israel, March 24, 2023,

Steve Hendrix, “Netanyahu’s political touch eludes him as Israel spirals into chaos,” Washington Post, March 26, 2023,

Steve Hendrix and Shira Rubin, “Netanyahu fires defense minister who called for halt to judicial overhaul,” Washington Post, March 26, 2023,

Patrick Kingsley, “Israel Boils as Netanyahu Ousts Minister Who Bucked Court Overhaul,” New York Times, March 26, 2023,

Bernard Avishai, “Has Benjamin Netanyahu’s Assault on Israeli Democracy Been Stopped?” New Yorker, March 27, 2023,

Dov Lieber, Aaron Boxerman, and Shayndi Raice, “Israel’s Netanyahu Suspends Judicial Overhaul After Mass Protests,” Wall Street Journal, March 27, 2023,

Maayan Lubell, “Netanyahu agrees to delay Israel’s judicial overhaul until next parliament session,” Reuters, March 27, 2023,

Ben Sales, “Protests and strike rock Israel as future of Netanyahu’s judicial reforms falls into doubt,” Jewish Telegraphic Agency, March 27, 2023,

Ishaan Tharoor, “Israel’s democratic crisis is about more than just Netanyahu,” Washington Post, March 27, 2023,

Tracy Wilkinson and Laura King, “Israel’s protests, Netanyahu and the crisis his government unleashed,” Los Angeles Times, March 27, 2023,

Ishaan Tharoor, “Netanyahu’s Israel finds kindred spirits in Hungary and Poland,” Washington Post, March 28, 2023,

Jacob Magid, “Biden: Israel ‘cannot continue down this road’; no Netanyahu invite in ‘near term,’” Times of Israel, March 29, 2023,

Michael Bachner, “Ministers approve Ben Gvir-led national guard, major budget cuts to fund it,” Times of Israel, April 2, 2023,

Times of Israel, “Netanyahu reinstates Gallant, blames last coalition for cross-border attacks, terror,” Times of Israel, April 10, 2023,

Ben Sales, “Israel-Gaza conflict: Anti-government protests canceled in Israel as fighting continues,” Jewish Telegraphic Agency, May 12, 2023,

David Horovitz, “Netanyahu loses a key vote. Now a torn, troubled Israel waits for the fallout,” Times of Israel, June 14, 2023,

Dov Lieber and Michael Amon, “Netanyahu Revives Judicial Overhaul Stripped of Most Controversial Piece,” Wall Street Journal, June 29, 2023,

Times of Israel, “In U-turn, Netanyahu said to reassure ministers override clause has not been shelved,” July 2, 2023,

James Shotter, “Netanyahu faces fresh wave of resistance to Israeli judicial reform,” Financial Times, July 10, 2023,

Steve Hendrix, “Israeli protests return as Netanyahu restarts judicial overhaul,” Washington Post, July 11, 2023,

Times of Israel, “Ex-Shin Bet chief justifies army reservists’ refusal to serve: ‘Overhaul is a coup,’” July 20, 2023,

Shira Rubin and Steve Hendrix, “In judicial overhaul protests, Israel’s soldiers face off against Netanyahu,” Washington Post, July 23, 2023,

Dov Lieber and Shayndi Raice, “Israel Votes to Limit Supreme Court Powers in Approving Part of Netanyahu’s Judicial Overhaul, Sparking Mass Protests,” Wall Street Journal, July 24, 2023,

Times of Israel, “Police clear Ayalon freeway as thousands rally against overhaul into night,” July 24, 2023,

Jeremy Sharon, “A time for reason: Will the High Court strike down government’s reasonableness law?” Times of Israel, July 26, 2023,

Dov Lieber, “Israel’s Netanyahu Takes On Judges After First Win Over Judicial Reform,” Wall Street Journal, July 28, 2023,

Times of Israel, “Military Intelligence warned PM 4 times overhaul rift harming deterrence – report,” July 28, 2023,

Dov Lieber, “Israeli Reservists Start Missing Duty, Threatening Military Unity and Readiness,” Wall Street Journal, August 3, 2023,

Melanie Lidman, “‘This is my red line’: Anguished Israelis talk relocation amid judicial overhaul push,” Times of Israel, August 6, 2023,

Ishaan Tharoor, “In Israel and the U.S., ‘apartheid’ is the elephant in the room,” Washington Post, August 11, 2023,

Times of Israel, “PM said to have shouted at IDF chiefs: ‘It looks like the army is running the country,’” August 14, 2023,

Jeremy Sharon, “AG’s lawyer tells High Court she can’t force a PM’s recusal, then says she can,” Times of Israel, September 28, 2023,

Noga Tarnopolsky, “Netanyahu Is Losing the War at Home,” New York, October 12, 2023,

Ishaan Tharoor, “Israel’s Netanyahu is fighting two wars, and may not win either,” Washington Post, December 5, 2023,

Jeremy Sharon and Michael Bachner, “Bombshell leaked draft ruling shows High Court set to nix key judicial overhaul law,” Times of Israel, December 28, 2023,

Jeremy Sharon, “In historic ruling, High Court strikes down key judicial overhaul legislation,” Times of Israel, January 1, 2024,

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