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A Palestinian boy reacts next to a burning Israeli vehicle that Palestinian gunmen brought to Gaza after they infiltrated areas of southern Israel on Saturday.

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Is Israel in for a long war?

“We are at war,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Saturday after Israel awoke to a surprise attack from Hamas.

The Palestinian militants launched an early, three-pronged assault, coming from land, sea, and air – entering Israel from the Gaza Strip, invading several Israeli towns, and firing thousands of rockets as far away as Tel Aviv and even Jerusalem.

Scores of Israelis have been killed, several hundred have been injured, and dozens have reportedly been taken hostage – some have even been taken to Gaza, impacting Israel’s options for reprisals. Still, Israel has responded with massive strikes on Gazan cities, and officials say nearly 200 Palestinians have been killed. The death toll is expected to rise.

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When is criticizing Israel antisemitism?
When is criticizing Israel antisemitism? | GZERO World

When is criticizing Israel antisemitism?

Is it easier to be antisemitic today? Tragically, yes, says Israeli-American actor and activist Noa Tishby, who served as Israel’s Special Envoy for Combating Antisemitism before Prime Minister Netanyahu dismissed her for speaking out against his controversial judicial reform agenda. She joins Ian Bremmer on GZERO World for a wide-ranging conversation on the ancient roots and modern resurgence of anti-Jewish sentiment. And it's not just coming from the right, says Tishby.

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Ehud Barak interview: Israeli democracy on the chopping block
Israeli democracy on the chopping block | GZERO World

Ehud Barak interview: Israeli democracy on the chopping block

Israel's delicate balance between democracy and political power is under threat, as the government's proposed judiciary overhaul poses a significant risk to the checks and balances of its political system.

On GZERO World, former Prime Minister Ehud Barak warns that the judicial overhaul, backed by coalition members, would undermine the independence of the courts and leave the executive branch unchecked. Barak describes current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet as legal but "illegitimate," with a "black flag waving over it." It's no surprise, he says, that it has been sparking protests nationwide.

Note: This interview was first featured in the GZERO World episode "How Bibi could end Israel's democracy (or get ousted)," published on May 8, 2023.

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How Bibi could end Israel's democracy (or get ousted)
How Bibi could end Israel's democracy (or get ousted) | GZERO World with Ian Bremmer

How Bibi could end Israel's democracy (or get ousted)

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak has a chilling warning about the future of Israeli democracy: The government's judicial overhaul plan puts the very foundations of Israeli democracy at risk.

In an interview with Ian Bremmer on GZERO World, Barak explains that the reforms could erode the independence of the courts and weaken minority protections. Barak also accuses current PM Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu of hiding his true motives, describing his far-right coalition government as legal yet "illegitimate."

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Israeli constitutional crisis despite compromise attempts
Israel's new government and the battle for constitutional change | Europe In :60 | GZERO Media

Israeli constitutional crisis despite compromise attempts

Carl Bildt, former prime minister of Sweden, shares his perspective from Jerusalem on the protests in Israel and France.

What is really happening in Israel?

Well, it is really a profound crisis. It is cultural. We might argue it is political. It's got to be constitutional. The new government of Prime Minister Netanyahu, very much to the right, is trying to change the constitutional legal order of the country, and that is heavily opposed by large segments of Israeli society. The president has been trying to broker compromises failed, the crisis was only deepened to the detriment of the society and strength of Israel.

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