American Jews gathered here in Israel to attend the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America and to celebrate our 75th anniversary. At the same time, we Israelis are fighting the most unprecedented battle in our country’s history. The judicial overhaul led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu threatens to transform Israel into a Hungarian or Polish autocracy by collapsing the country’s separation of powers under the weight of an unrestrained executive arm. The massive protests and the vocal disapproval of Israel’s top servants forced Netanyahu to declare a pause in legislation. But as his justice minister, Yariv Levin, recently admitted, the extreme right government still plans to go all the way with its plans.
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