Let the counterrevolution begin!

A constitutional amendment that aimed to assert Israel’s Jewishness has stirred up a political hornets’ nest while seeking to offset the Jewish state’s judicial revolution

August 22, 2018 10:15
4 minute read.
Let the counterrevolution begin!

druze leaders in protest. (photo credit: CORINNA KERN/REUTERS)


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Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square had seen many rallies over the decades, but none resembled this warm Saturday night’s, in which most speakers were non-Jews, and the thousands facing them were dominated by the Druze minority, whose five-color flags mixed with Israel’s blue and white.

Unlike the 1981 rally in which Menachem Begin incited here a roaring multitude against what he portrayed as Labor’s social arrogance – this one was not about rich and poor; unlike the following year’s protest subsequent to the massacre of Palestinians by Israel’s Christian allies – this one was not about Left and Right; and unlike the 1995 rally, which ended with the murder that gave this vast plaza its name, this one was not about issues of war and peace.


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