For critics of the reform, the text jeopardizes the separation of powers and the nature of the state
More than 160,000 citizens, according to organizers, demonstrated once again in the streets of Tel Aviv on Saturday against the highly controversial justice reform promoted by the far-right government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as the mass demonstrations now last four days. months.
Rallies were also held in other cities.
Critics of the government complain that the purpose of the reform is to reduce the influence of the Supreme Court and increase the power of the government. Among other things, the governing coalition will gain more powers to appoint judges and parliament will be able to overturn Supreme Court decisions with a simple majority.
Faced with strong resistance from citizens, the opposition, the military and even part of the coalition, Mr Netanyahu postponed the debate and vote in the Knesset – Israel’s parliament – until late March to allow “room for dialogue”.
However, the opposition maintains its doubts about the will of the government, the most right-wing in Israel’s history, to reach a compromise. As of this stage, little progress has been made in the talks that have taken place.
Tomorrow, Monday, the work of the parliament begins again.
For critics of the reform, the text jeopardizes the separation of powers and the nature of the state.
According to reports, the government is seeking to pass the 2023 and 2024 budget before pushing ahead with the weakening of the judiciary. If he has not succeeded by November 29, early elections may be called.
In order to offer their support, however, ultra-Orthodox parties are demanding the passage of a regulation that would de facto exempt religious people from military service, which is causing strong reactions.
Reform advocates are also lobbying, with Justice Minister Yariv Levin addressing thousands of supporters in Jerusalem yesterday and Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich (Religious Zionism, far right), who attended the event, insisting the government will not back.
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