As ‘Civil War’ Looms, Israeli President Pleads for Restraint

Herzog reminds Israelis that the Jewish people “have no other country.” But civil war has destroyed the nation before.

By Ryan Jones | | Topics: Civil War
President Isaac Herzog fears that if the political rhetoric is not tempered soon, Israel could literally face a civil war.
President Isaac Herzog fears that if the political rhetoric is not tempered soon, Israel could literally face a civil war. Photo: Kobi Gideon/GPO

Talk of “civil war” is headlining nearly every media broadcast in Israel these days. And while it might’ve started as mere political rhetoric, some fear it could soon become a reality.

Why it matters: The Jewish people are no strangers to civil war. Internal strife has torn Israel in two and led to its downfall more than once in the nation’s long history.

  • During the times of the biblical judges, the Tribes of Israel fought numerous times against one another.
  • King Saul and his army famously pursued and fought the men of Judah who followed David.
  • King David had to fight a war against his own son, Absalom.
  • Following the death of King Solomon, the nation was plunged into civil war resulting in its political division into the kingdoms of Israel and Judah.
  • During the time of the Hasmoneans (Israel’s “second kingdom”), a civil war resulted in the Kingdom of Judah effectively being absorbed into the Roman Empire.
  • Internal strife between competing factions during the Great Jewish Revolt crippled Israel’s ability to fight the Romans, and resulted in the utter destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple.

Many believed that modern democracy was the key to avoiding a repeat of this fate in what’s seen as Israel’s “third kingdom.” But it now seems democracy itself could be the trigger.

See related: Jewish Democracy – Is It a Viable, and Biblical, Concept?

Opponents of Netanyahu’s democratically-elected government are heeding calls by opposition lawmakers to “make the nation tremble,” leading coalition figures to demand their arrest. The end result could be war. Photo: Tomer Neuberg/Flash90

Lower the flames

Israel President Isaac Herzog on Tuesday urged all sides to “lower the flames” and stop talking in such fatalist terms when criticizing their political opponents.

In a lengthy Hebrew-language Twitter thread, Herzog wrote:

“During recent days, I have held discussions with many parties and I am doing everything in order to create a respectful atmosphere and dialogue, in the hopes of reaching a broad understanding. I appeal to you, elected officials and citizens of Israel from the entire public and political spectrum: Show restraint and responsibility. We must calm the spirits and lower the flames.

“We have no other country.”

Opposition leaders Yair Lapid and Benny Gantz have warned that the judicial reforms and other proposed policies of Benjamin Netanyahu’s new government will lead to “civil war.”

And that seems not to have been a prediction, but rather a threat, as Gantz then urged Israelis to take to the streets and “make the nation tremble.”

Zvika Fogel, a member of the coalition’s far-right Jewish Power party then suggested that Lapid and Gantz be arrested for fomenting insurrection.

“They are talking about war. If they were calling to protest I’d give them every right to protest. But they’re talking in terms of me being an enemy. As far as I’m concerned, it’s treason against the state,” Fogel told the Kan public broadcaster.

Netanyahu responded by reminding Fogel that opposition politicians are not arrested in a democracy, but he also slammed Lapid and Gantz for their “unacceptable” and “dangerous” rhetoric against Israel’s democratically-elected government.


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4 responses to “As ‘Civil War’ Looms, Israeli President Pleads for Restraint”

  1. Carl Gove says:

    Sounds like a scenario that could happen here in the States with the division between our newly elected Republican Congress and the opposition (extreme left Democrats), although no threats of violence have been made to date, Yeshua cone quickly!

  2. Disciple 1978 says:

    What is the cause, who benefits most? Lapid and Gantz echo Trump in his refusal to accept the election result. He clearly supported the assault on Capitol Hill but has successfully avoided the consequences. Nowadays these insurrections often have a foreign player acting behind the scenes. Perhaps a globalist, a superpower or an ideology. Modern Marxism devised critical theory to counter any actions that opposes its cause. It has become a juggernaut for the Left that garners worldwide support from politics, media, the church and academics. Nationalism irks the global vision, which will use Capitalism or Communism as it suits to realise their humanistic cause. Israelis who want a Jewish nation that has the temerity to witness God to the nations, that dares to argue that men are not masters of their own destiny, that says nations can stand on their own two feet without a global master are condemned and targeted as radicals. Your nation is under attack, as are many, consider prayer.

  3. Mark Watkins says:

    Shalom Shalom,
    לֹא תִּהְיֶה מִלְחֶמֶת אֶזְרָחִים בְּשֵׁם יְשׁוּעָה

    Gantz not so much, but Lapid wants power at all cost, Lapid is a spoiled brat and I would recommend HaMishpacha to look at both of these men’s backgrounds, and I think any rational person sees what’s behind all of this, the stoking of tensions and the author of all lies..

    Ultimately, The Jewish people are just to smart to allow for a Civil war having counting the cost, it will not happen!

  4. Vernon Ryan says:

    A civil war in Israel would not benefit either of the Israeli factions, but it would very much benefit Israel’s enemies. But, who cares about that? right??
    Civil unrest, civil disobedience, civil war. In my studies of Revelation chapter six, those characterize the things going on after the opening of the second seal, along with wars and rumors of wars. Anything like that going on in the world today? The first horseman I believe was the antichrist, bringing the world into what Jesus said was the beginning of sorrows, I believe we are there.
    It is interesting that the, left, all over the world is trying to start civil unrest and so forth, for what reason and for whom? Again, I ask, who would benefit the most if Israel were to find itself involved in a brutal civil war?

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