Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has delayed judicial reform, sparking nationwide outrage and strikes.
Addressing the nation over a controversial court ruling, Israel’s prime minister dropped the bill after mass protests intensified across the country and general strikes were held against regulations that curtailed the powers of the judiciary.
Netanyahu said he “decided to put the controversial bills on hold until the end of the parliamentary recess to ensure real dialogue.”
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Netanyahu, who has been the target of growing protests across the country for weeks, said: “There is something I cannot agree with. A violent minority seeks to divide Israel, seeks to drag us into a civil war and calls for renunciation of military service. “This is a terrible crime,” he said.
“In view of national responsibility, I have decided to postpone the second and third sessions of judicial reform in this Assembly term and hold it in the next Assembly term in order to reach a broader consensus. By continuing to strengthen the rights of the individual, we will somehow restore the lost balance in the judicial system.”
Netanyahu’s decision to postpone the contentious trial came after he agreed with his coalition partner, far-right national security minister Itamar Ben-Gvir.
As part of the agreement between the parties, it was decided at the next cabinet meeting to approve the creation of a new security force called the “National Guard” under the Ministry of Internal Security under the leadership of Ben-Gvir.
The news that Netanyahu would suspend judicial regulation caused a crack in the coalition government. Israeli media reported that Ben-Gvir would resign if judicial regulation was stopped and threatened to “overthrow the coalition government”.
Netanyahu government’s controversial ‘judicial reform’
Justice Minister Yariv Levin announced on January 5 that they are planning “judicial reform” that would limit the powers of the Supreme Court and provide for a vote in the appointment of judges.
For 13 weeks across the country, tens of thousands of Israelis have been holding mass protests against the government’s judicial regulation.
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