Revolution on Hold: Zulat Emergency Webinar on Dialogue at President Residence

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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Dr. Maha Sabbah Karkabi


Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from Tel Aviv University (2015), a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for Gender Studies, SOAS, University of London (2015-2016), a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Sociology at Tel Aviv University (2016-2017), and a postdoctoral fellowship Ph.D. at the Humphrey Institute for Social Research, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (2018-2020).
Dr. Maha Karbahi’s areas of interest focus on the connection between social change, family behavior, and gender inequality in societies in the process of change and specifically in Palestinian Arab society in Israel. Her research draws attention to the study of family life and employment, using a combined “ethnic lens” and “gender lens” and paying attention to the perspective of Palestinian Arab women, a group characterized by intersections between multiple marginal locations, which over the years has remained hidden from the research eye. Dr. Karkabi-Sabah’s research is published in professional journals and chapters in scientific books that are considered pioneers in family research, work, and gender equality.


Prof. Frances Raday

Professor Emeritus in the Lieberman Chair in Labor Law, in the Faculty of Law at the Hebrew University and serves as a full professor in the College of Management’s academic track, where she also serves as chair of the graduate program and as honorary president of the Concord Center for International Law Absorption. Radai was a member of a working group of the UN Human Rights Council on discrimination against women. In addition, she is a prominent and feminist human rights activist.


Dr. Rawia Aburabia 

Faculty member of Sapir Academic College’s School of Law, received her PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Her research deals with the interface between law, gender, minorities, and human rights. Has published in leading journals on the subject of the matrimonial laws pertaining to Muslim women in Israel. Her book Under the Law, Outside Justice: Polygamy, Gendered Citizenship, and Colonialism in Israeli Law is expected to be published as part of the Gender Series of Kibbutz Meuhad Publishing House.

Dr. Aburabia has extensive experience in international human rights and public law. She has worked as a jurist for the Association for Civil Right and has been invited as a specialist to address such international forums as the United Nations and the European Parliament on the subject of indigenous communities and minority rights. She has interned with Human Rights Watch in Washington DC, and has been a member of the executive board of Amnesty International. In 2018, she was selected by the magazine Globes as one of the 40 most promising young persons in Israel under the age of 40.



Ron Kessler

With over two decades of experience in the field of digital content, Ron has participated in numerous political and social campaigns. He helped run the digital activity of senior public officials, and worked in various NGOs. Ron is a fundamentally optimistic man, who believes that Israel can be changed and so can people. Lives in Tel Aviv.