Ron Huldai
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Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai doubled down on his controversial statements that a dictatorship can only be made democratic again "via bloodshed."

"This is what history teaches us," Huldai told Channel 12 News last Monday. "If a country becomes a dictatorship via the democratic process, it will only be restored as a democracy via bloodshed."

"It's about evil versus good," he added.

Today (Sunday), he was interviewed by Yael Dan on Galai Tzahal (IDF Radio), who asked him about the controversy and the police complaint which was filed against him for incitement to violence.

"So what if a complaint was filed with the police? There is no incitement here. The instigator is the one who writes that the leftists are traitors," Huldai replied.

Later in the interview, Huldai accused Dan of being "Bibi's mouthpiece."

Shlomo Kook, the editor of the Bekehila newspaper, responded to Huldai's latest interview on Twitter: "There are no words. This disturbed man, an enemy of Israel, should be kicked out of the Tel Aviv municipality and be investigated immediately.''

The Likud party filed a police complaint against Huldai on Monday following his initial statements, accusing him of "inciting violence and civil rebellion."

Huldai's first statements were condemned by members of the coalition, but also by some members of the opposition, who agree with him on the dangers of the government's planned legal reforms.

Benny Gantz, head of the National Unity party, called for an end to incitement on both sides following Huldai's statement. "We are currently in a state of emergency, but the battle we are fighting is for Israeli democracy, not against one another. The pain and worries are justified, but we must immediately cease this violent and unbridled discourse on both sides which could drag us into the abyss. Huldai's words are dangerous and they also damage our righteous cause."

Science and Technology Minister Ofir Akunis (Likud) warned Sunday that the level of incitement by certain opponents of the judicial reforms was creating an atmosphere which could lead to political assassinations.

"The level of incitement of the political opponents has crossed all red lines. Political murder, unfortunately, is a matter of time. If the law enforcement officials do not come to their senses, this may happen. It is possible and desirable to debate the judicial reform, I'm in favor of demonstrations, but we need to stop this incitement." Akunis said.