Etgar Keret: Israel’s democracy is in danger
18 March 2023 | 7:46 am
In Israel, protests against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned judicial reform have been going on for weeks. Cultural activists say Israel's democracy is in danger. Writer Etgar Keret explains why.
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