(Originally published in The Times of Israel)
"In Israel, in order to be a realist you must believe in miracles." Ben Gurion 1956.
It may not have risen to miracle status, but something virtually unheard of in today's world, has happened in Israel. Despite the current Israeli governing coalition having a 64-member majority, despite the Israeli system missing a lot of the avenues for public influence that the U.S. and other democracies have (e.g. legislative districts, two houses), hundreds of thousands if not over a million Israelis came together peacefully for six months to successfully stop legislation that would severely cripple Israel's world-respected judicial system and undermine its vibrant, albeit flawed, democracy.
In those six months of demonstrations not one person died, maybe a couple were injured, and property damage was minimal. Compare that to Myanmar, Paris, many parts of Africa, the United States of America. Dissertations will someday be written about this. And yet the world, including America and American Jews, hardly noted it.
These are not extremists, anarchists, and leftists. These are regular, patriotic Israelis, people who served in the army and who pay their taxes, who care deeply about the country, its democracy, its Jewish character, and the future it holds for their children and grandchildren.