July 25 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The former prime minister of Israel Ehud Olmert (2006-2009) has warned this Tuesday that the tensions generated by the judicial reform of the current government of Benjamin Netanyahu causes the country to be “entering a civil war”.
“There is a threat. This is a serious threat (…) It has never happened before and now we are entering a civil war,” warned the former Israeli president during an interview for the British Channel 4 and collected by ‘The Jerusalem Post’.
Olmert has warned that if the judicial reform goes ahead, “civil disobedience with all possible ramifications for the stability of the State and the government’s ability to act” will be unleashed, all this added to citizen disobedience.
According to the former prime minister, part of the population considers the Netanyahu government “illegitimate.” “The Government has decided to threaten the foundations of Israeli democracy. And this is not something that we can accept or tolerate”, he has concluded.
The judicial reform proposal, part of which has already been approved this week in the Israeli Parliament, does not have the support of part of society, which over the past few weeks and months has staged several massive demonstrations.
Thousands of Israel Defense Forces reservists have threatened to quit voluntary service, and following the passage of a bill restricting the use of the standard of reasonableness on Monday, doctors have also gone on strike.