Political unrest in Israel has yet to subside, despite the prime minister’s announcement to freeze legislation on judicial reform.
Following Netanyahu’s speech calling for discussion and mediation, opposition leaders Yair Lapid and Benny Gantz assembled a team of negotiators who could sit alongside President Herzog and Likud negotiators. , tried to find a mutually acceptable bargain to reach a compromise.
However, several factors can prevent meaningful discussions in the Presidential Palace.
After Herzog unveiled his judicial reform bill a few weeks ago, right-wingers accused him of not being an objective negotiator and of yielding to almost all of the opposition’s demands. Likud has so far denied preparing a negotiating team under the president’s supervision.
Opposition parties were also outraged to learn that the bill voted on at Monday’s committee meeting had been submitted to the Knesset plenary for a final reading.
The coalition says this is standard procedure for any bill passed through the committee and does not imply that the bill will be voted on, but opposition leaders say let Netanyahu talk. We believe that the threat undermines the willingness to do so that the moment the law is enacted, it will be put forward and passed by the plenary.
Israel Beitenu leader Avigdor Lieberman urged Rapid and Gantz to call off negotiations with Netanyahu “while he points his gun at our temples.”
“As I warned, Netanyahu lied again,” warned Lieberman, the former executive director of Netanyahu’s office. “Rather than go to the presidential palace and tell the real story and mend the cracks in Israel, the coalition will spit in the face of the masses and enact basic laws.
The Knesset’s judiciary and courts mean you can vote anytime. ”
Additionally, leaders of widespread protests against judicial reform said they would not stop the demonstrations despite the freeze until the law was shelved. I’m just putting you to sleep,” he warned.