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Palo Alto resident Offir Gutelzon leads massive Bay Area protest against Benjamin Netanyahu

Original post made on Sep 20, 2023

Palo Alto based entrepreneur Offir Gutelzon led a massive, five-part protest Monday, Sept. 18, across San Jose, Fremont and Union Square San Francisco, to boo Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's meeting with Elon Musk.

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Posted by Parent of Los Lomitas and La Entrada grads
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Sep 20, 2023 at 1:02 pm

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I'm sure I'm naive or just maybe not very bright . . .

But Prime Minister Netanyahu leads a coalition in the Knesset having a majority of 64 democratically members

This majority has democratically passed legislation that some people dislike

So if those unhappy people want to democratically elect their own majority in the next election, I'd call that democracy

What am I missing here?

Posted by Nina
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Sep 20, 2023 at 2:19 pm

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Hi, Parents of Las Lomitas
You are missing a lot of complicated history. The short version is that people who are elected democratically can end up dismantling the system that allowed them to be elected and replacing it with something much worse. It has happened in many countries over the years and is always a tragedy.

Posted by Parent of Los Lomitas and La Entrada grads
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Sep 20, 2023 at 8:40 pm

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Hello Nina,

Thank you for your thoughtful response.

I agree with your perspective that democracy is fragile and is never guaranteed to last.

My point, however, was that there is something not very democratic about trying to remove an elected government, or over-turning legislation passed by that elected governmant, by demonstrating (no matter how large) -- rather than by winning elections.

You are also quite right that there is a great deal of complicated history at play (antagonisms among socio-economic and other groups, refusal of miltary reservists to serve or pledging not to serve, the lack of a constitution, the self-defined "reasonableness" ground for the Israeli Supreme Court to nullify laws, and much more).

There are two sides to this very complicated history.

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