Autocracy will not reign in Ukraine
Populism is inevitably moving toward autocracy. A populist politician who is unable to fulfill unreasonable promises will certainly try to suppress any attempts to democratically defeat him or his party
The attempt to destroy local self-government in Chernihiv by removing the mayor through a court-ordered removal and illegally introducing a local administration is from this opera.
And Ukraine is not unique. Many of our neighbors, including Hungary, are making attempts to limit democracy.
And in Israel, there are big discussions about the future of democracy. The prime minister wants to take control of the Supreme Court. Tens of thousands of people come out every week to protest across the country. The authorities, like in our country, say that it is not the time to protest because there are terrorists and enemies of Israel around. But people come out to defend freedom and democracy because it is their future.
US President Biden voiced his reaction to Israel's "reforms" at the request of New York Times journalist Thomas Friedman, who quoted the American leader's response in his column on the reform.
"The genius of American democracy and Israeli democracy is that they are both built on strong institutions, on checks and balances, on an independent judiciary. Building consensus for fundamental changes is really important to ensure that the people buy into them so they can be sustained," Biden said.
Biden has known Netanyahu for a long time, and they have a good relationship. The US supports Israel, but the principles of democracy are more important.
I am writing about this because our government's attempts to destroy local self-government, restrict freedom of speech, and delay the creation of a Constitutional Court that would be controlled by the government under the guise of war are doomed to failure. But only a common stance of the society, which must oppose autocracy, will help us defeat the Russian aggressor and join the EU as soon as possible.