Israeli medical professionals went on a two-hour strike on Wednesday to oppose Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposal to reform the nation’s courts.
The plan, according to the doctors, will put the public’s health in peril by giving Netanyahu and his allies more power over the nation’s healthcare system.
Doctors gathered outside Tel Aviv’s Ichilov hospital while carrying banners that read, “We are the wall shielding democracy.
They were dressed in scrubs. Medical leaders warned that if Netanyahu’s government—the most right-wing in Israel’s 75-year history—moves on with a bill to restrict the judiciary’s oversight powers, which might be passed as soon as next week, they will take more drastic measures.
Israeli doctors staged a two-hour walkout on Wednesday to protest Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to overhaul the country’s courts.
In the opinion of the medical community, the initiative will endanger public health by giving Netanyahu and his associates more control over the country’s healthcare system.
Doctors in scrubs gathered outside Tel Aviv’s Ichilov hospital with posters reading, “We are the wall shielding democracy.”
Medical leaders warned that they would resort to more extreme measures if Netanyahu’s government—the most right-wing in Israel’s 75-year history—moves on with a plan to limit the judiciary’s oversight powers, which could be passed as soon as next week.
Tomorrow’s meeting of the Israel Medical Association will deliberate on additional actions, according to Levine.
“The Israel Medical Association will take more severe steps, meaning a more severe strike,” he said, if the government keeps up the legislation. The revamp comprises a number of actions, according to Netanyahu and his allies, that are required to limit the authority of an unelected court that they see as being unduly involved in political choices.
The fragile system of checks and balances in the nation would be destroyed, according to demonstrators who represent a diverse cross-section of Israeli society and who claim that Netanyahu and his ultranationalist and ultra-Orthodox friends are using the plan as a power grab.