The France 24 Interview Israel judicial reforms: Ex-Mossad chief Yatom warns of ‘dictatorship’

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In an interview with FRANCE 24 from Tel Aviv, former Mossad chief Danny Yatom expressed deep concern on the prospect of Israel turning into a “dictatorship”. For weeks, Israel has been rocked by a wave of protests in opposition to a invoice that might curtail the independence of the nation’s highest court docket. Yatom claimed the invoice was an try by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “run away from the trial he’s going through” on prices of bribery, fraud and breach of belief. Yatom additionally criticised Netanyahu’s coalition companions for backing the laws.

At the least 70 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli forces and 13 Israelis have died in assaults because the begin of 2023. Requested if a 3rd Intifada is underneath manner, former Mossad chief Yatom mentioned: “I do not suppose that anybody can reply exactly,” however insisted Israel will proceed to struggle terrorism “with none limitation” and ensure its “folks will probably be protected wherever they go, together with the West Financial institution”.

Nonetheless, the Israeli authorities “ought to talk about what it intends to do with a purpose to make the lives of the Palestinians simpler”, he added.

Yatom additionally regretted the occasions that occurred in Huwara on February 26. On this West Financial institution city, Israeli settlers set houses and automobiles on hearth, leading to one Palestinian being shot lifeless and plenty of injured. The rampage got here in response to the homicide of two Israeli brothers by a Palestinian.

“The federal government can not enable the Israelis to take the regulation into their very own fingers (…) Such an occasion mustn’t occur once more as a result of it encourages the extremists of either side,” he concluded.