In Israel, hundreds of thousands of protesters have returned to the streets after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu forged ahead with plans to upend Israel’s system of checks and balances by gutting the power of the judiciary. In Jerusalem, thousands blocked roads outside the country’s Supreme Court; elsewhere, protesters took over a Tel Aviv highway, among dozens of other “disruptions” in cities and towns nationwide. The renewed protests came after Netanyahu rejected a compromise proposal to defuse the crisis put forward by Israel’s president, Isaac Herzog, who warned in a televised address that Israel stands on the brink of “civil war.”
President Isaac Herzog: “Whoever thinks that a true civil war, where human life is at stake, is a border we won’t reach has no clue. Specifically now in the 75th year of the state of Israel, the abyss is at arm’s reach.”
Meanwhile, tensions between Israel and Lebanon rose after Israel’s army said it killed an armed man who entered northern Israel and set off a car bomb on Monday, severely injuring an Israeli civilian. Israel’s military said it was investigating whether Hezbollah fighters from Lebanon were behind the blast.