Recently Israeli democracy, once considered strong and stable ,is backsliding. I'll claim that Israel is especially susceptible to democratic backsliding because its constitutional order is a semi-liberal constitutional order. Israel’s continued occupation of the Occupied Territories, aspects of its treatment of its Arab citizens and aspects of its religion state relations combine to make it a semi-liberal state. While Israel has been maneuvering between its liberal and non-liberal characteristics throughout its existence, in the last few years, a coalition government comprised of right wing parties that seek to entrench the non-liberal characteristics has come to power. This, along with the embroilment of the Prime Minister in corruption investigations, has led to government attacks on Israel’s watchdog institutions and civil society. Populism and nationalism are used to generate support for the expansion of Israel’s non liberal characteristics at the expense of liberal ones.
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