On 2 April 2023, Zulat held an emergency webinar within the Emergency Call-Up Order project to discuss the talks under way at the President’s Residence and the feasibility of a compromise. Titled “Revolution on Hold,” the webinar was moderated by Haaretz journalist Noa Landau, included an opening statement by Zulat President Zehava Galon, and its participants were former minister Dan Meridor, Adv. Zion Amir, and former Deputy Attorney General Adv. Dina Zilber.
All the speakers felt that the talks would not lead to any substantial change.
Former minister Dan Meridor: “A constitution cannot be written under such pressure, it’s not something that can be done in two months. The only solution is to persuade them that the process of regulating our constitutional structure needs to be done in a serious and thorough manner. In my time, Likud was a national liberal party. There were differences of opinion, of course, but everybody spoke for the rule of law and human rights, principles that today are only associated with one side. I know Netanyahu well, and he has always defended the justice system. Something happened here, and extreme fringe groups were given legitimacy. This is not just an argument about the legal system, but about an entire system of values.”
Former Deputy Attorney General Dina Zilber: “The conditions under which we entered this dialogue, its pace, and the coalition’s predatory behavior foretell its futility. We waited 75 years for a constitution, so it does not stand to reason to promote it within a few weeks with a loaded legislative gun to our heads. We need to return to basics, to the Declaration of Independence, whose fundamental elements are two: Israel is the national home of the Jewish people and is a democratic state. We must fight for two things: to keep Israel Jewish and to preserve the mechanisms that make it democratic.”
Adv. Zion Amir: “I have a hard time seeing what will come out of this dialogue. I would like to see more professionals among the participants, so that the emphasis is more on the subject matter rather than on political considerations. These are serious and complex issues that require a long time. Such a rift, which brought out the masses and very prominent people in Israeli society rather than a few oddballs, will take generations to heal. In 75 years of statehood, I do not recall that politicians ever appointed an unworthy person to the Supreme Court who harmed democracy.”
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