Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is attempting, in the most cynical fashion, to exploit the coronavirus and the restrictions needed to fight its spread in order to undermine fundamental democratic rights and to suppress the dissent against him and his incorrigible government.
“When the law passes, nobody can call us the only democracy in the Middle East. We’ve become a dictatorship.” Lawmakers okay controversial measure forbidding travel of over a kilometer to reach demonstrations or prayers and limiting attendance to 20 people only.
Knesset votes 9-6 in favor of limiting anti-Netanyahu protests. Parliamentary panel okays amendment allowing government to restrict demonstrations for up to one month in total after Likud backtracks on six-month moratorium; lawmakers set to hold final vote on legislative change later in day.