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28% of Israelis consider relocating, more than half fear civil war amid judicial overhaul crisis

Only one-third believe Netanyahu is sincerely seeking compromise talks with the opposition on judicial reform

Thousands of Israelis protest the government's judicial overhaul bills outside of the Knesset in Jerusalem, Feb. 20, 2023. (Photo: Gili Yaari/Flash90)

Some 28% of the Israeli population is considering emigrating amid the ongoing judicial overhaul crisis, according to a fresh local Channel 13 news poll.

By contrast, some 64% of the respondents said they are not considering relocating to another country.

The survey revealed a whopping 54% of Israelis reportedly believe the judicial reform is undermining the Jewish state’s security.

A similar number, 56%, fear a potential civil war in Israel, where there are currently deep divisions among government officials and civilians because of the Netanyahu government’s plan to dramatically change the power of balance between the judicial and legislative branches.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu defended the Reasonableness Standard Bill and claimed to support continued dialogue with the political opposition.

"Already in the coming days, the coalition will contact the opposition in order to hold a dialogue between us. We are ready to discuss everything immediately, and do it in the round of talks during the recess and reach a comprehensive agreement on everything, and if necessary we will add more time, until the end of November," the prime minister said.

However, only one-third of poll respondents believe that Netanyahu is sincerely seeking compromise talks with the opposition on the judicial overhaul.

Within Netanyahu’s own Likud party, some 84% of the respondents said they believed the premier’s claim to pursue national dialogue.

The All Israel News Staff is a team of journalists in Israel.

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