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Opinion President Hayut signaled to the protesters against the government that justice with them, it could be dangerous Israel today


Hayut's speech was an anti-speech: not a text intended to convince and discuss - but a text intended to alarm and mobilize for war • "Hayat's speech" may be the most unnecessary match in the history of the gas station

On Friday, Prof. Aviad HaCohen sailed here in praise of the speech of the President of the Supreme Court, Esther Hayut.

"A speech that will be talked about a lot," he wrote, and added: "The speech of her life."

I disagree with him.

And paradoxically - I think Prof. HaCohen also disagrees with his own words.

Cohen also admitted that the speech did not refer substantively to any of the deep historical claims against the justice system that are the basis of the proposed reforms.

Moreover, the priest also admits that the speech "will not really convince the Minister of Justice and his supporters. Perhaps on the contrary: they may increase the intensity of the fire."

In other words: a speech that does not touch deeply on the essence of the polemic, and is devoid of any honest pretense of convincing opponents or undecideds of the "system's" position.

What are we left with?

with strong, blunt, harsh words - which have the potential to incite and escalate the tension;

And "unprecedented" claims - we've already heard from the judicial system in different intensities every time someone dared to "raise a hand" against the superiors.

And if we ignore the verbal tum-tum drums - we will admit, like the priest, that we actually didn't hear anything new.

Exactly the opposite of what should be expected from a founding, constructive speech, which does the unbelievable - and changes something in reality.

By any rhetorical standard, Hayut's speech was an anti-speech: not a text intended to persuade and discuss - but a text intended to alarm - and mobilize for war.

The one who did shine with a truly precedent-setting speech, one that reflects a leadership ethos, political determination and above all credibility - is Justice Minister Yariv Levin.

He is the one who undermined something profound in social perceptions;

He is the one who made many Israelis see things differently.

And in the other, I mean the underlying understanding that the Israeli legal system is not only "professional" and "objective", but, like every center of power and in fact like every institutional organization - it is political - and perhaps even partisan.

Before Hayut, it was the speaker Gali Bahar-Miara who publicly shed the mantle of "professionalism". The whims of the government that appointed her - and on the eve of the change of government, she changed to the suit of threats, and clarified in a firm speech exactly where she stands in relation to the new government. She remembered what it is to be an activist - and knowingly served the political interests of the new opposition with her harsh words.

The point is that animals did the same thing - only in a much more flammable climate.

When in the background the leaders of the opposition are organizing a "huge demonstration" and irresponsibly spewing inflammatory messages about civil unrest, the danger of fratricidal war, the burning of the streets - the president is signaling to the masses that Yair Golan and Ehud Barak were right.

It's time for war.

And so Yariv Levin is right when he describes her speech as giving permission to set the streets on fire.

It is impossible to hear her words - and not join some local militia for the defense of democracy.

So it turns out that President Hayut - along with the leaders of the opposition - are fooling the public.

Instead of arguments - panic.

Instead of an outline for negotiations - a call for social conflict. The result is that many in the public sink in terror from the threats of violence, chaos, blood-sweat-and-tears that will wash over the country - much more than from the reforms themselves, the nature of which can no longer be intelligently assessed in the combustible climate that has been created. This is the anxiety From the rage of the burning streets that is leading us now, and her "life speech" may be the most unnecessary match in the history of the gas station. A dangerous spark.

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Source: israelhayom

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