After seventy-five years of existence, Israel is at a turning point. The country is facing a crisis never seen before: a crisis that smacks of civil war. For the first time in its history, there is a conflict between two segments of the country’s Jewish population, as witnessed by the massive demonstrations that have taken place since January 2023, the largest since the creation of the Hebrew state in 1947.
Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, dependent on the results of a corruption trial, has allied with extremist religious Zionism movement. This doctrine, which combines politics and religion, ultimately aims to establish a Jewish theocracy and annex the territories conquered in 1967. The cornerstone of the government’s programme, which has generated so much opposition in the country, is a judicial reform project designed to weaken the High Court of Justice and thus rid the executive and legislative branches of any checks and balances. The Prime Minister will be able to push through an amnesty for himself and his allies will be able to weak-en an institution likely to oppose their political project, by virtue of a fundamental law on human rights passed in 1992.
To understand the current crisis in Israel, this film profiles two ministers who represent religious Zionism in the current Israeli government: Itamar Ben Gvir, Minister in charge of internal security – and Bezalel Smotrich, Minister of Finance. The film will provide a better understanding of their ideology, their background and of the history of this hitherto marginal movement. It will also show the extent to which the traditional Right, Likud, is fractured from within by this extreme right-wingisation of the country’s parliamentary and political life.