In Israel, a recently elected government led by Benjamin Netanyahu is proposing a law that is so controversial it is pushing the nation to a breaking point.
The proposed law would allow parliament to overturn decisions of the Supreme Court, effectively crippling its judicial oversight.
Seen as a naked power grab, Israelis have taken to the streets in protest. The government under Netanyahu has responded with tear gas, batons and riot police.
Israel, once seen as an island of democracy among Middle Eastern autocracies, is in a profound crisis.
Today, political and international editor Peter Hartcher on the grave situation in Israel.
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