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Elie Barnavi: “This time we are facing regime change in Israel”


INTERVIEW – Retired diplomat, historian, essayist and figure of the "peace camp", Élie Barnavi served as Israel's ambassador to France between 2000 and 2002.


- In 75 years of existence, the State of Israel has gone through many trials.

From your point of view, is the one he is currently experiencing one more crisis, or the manifestation of a more fundamental problem?

Elijah Barnavi.


Indeed, Israel has had its share of political crises.

Now, this time we are faced with something different: regime change.

We are in danger of going from an imperfect but vigorous liberal democracy to an illiberal democracy, in other words to a regime which retains only the vote as democracy and discards everything else - the separation of powers and the independence of justice, fundamental freedoms and the protection of minorities, the impartiality of the civil service... We often compare what could happen to Israel to the cases of Hungary and Poland, but I think that we risk worse: the dictatorship plus religious fundamentalism and military occupation, and all without the European safeguard…

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Source: lefigaro

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