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Israel’s Netanyahu Doubles Down on Judicial Plan, Rejects Criticism, and Moves Ahead Toward Key Vote

By 07/20/2023 10:51 PMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff


On Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed to move forward with his divisive judicial makeover despite massive domestic protests, a rise in reservist defections, and requests from the president of the United States to put the plan on hold.

In his prime-time speech on national television, Netanyahu laid the groundwork for increased street demonstrations in the days leading up to a crucial vote on Monday.

On Thursday night, tens of thousands of protesters marched through the heart of Tel Aviv, while others carried on the nearly 70-kilometer (45-mile) march from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

During his speech, Netanyahu showed signs of conciliation by acknowledging the country’s deep divisions and promising to work toward a solution with his political rivals.

He was stubborn nonetheless, claiming that his opponents were out to get him and attacking the large number of military reservists who have threatened to cease reporting for duty if the proposal is approved.

Every Israeli citizen’s security is at risk due to their unwillingness to serve, he claimed. The reasonability requirement is intended as a safeguard to protect against corruption and improper nominations of unsuitable individuals, but a bill that would limit the Supreme Court’s supervision powers by limiting its ability to overturn judgments it deems “unreasonable” is set to be voted on by Parliament on Monday.

The reasonability standard is intended as a safeguard to protect against corruption and improper appointments of unqualified people, but it would limit the Supreme Court’s oversight powers by limiting its ability to overturn decisions it deems “unreasonable.

The law is one of the essential components of the Netanyahu administration’s attempt to modernize the judiciary. According to Netanyahu and his backers, the idea is necessary to rein in the unelected judges’ enormous power.

According to critics, the legislation will weaken the nation’s system of checks and balances by consolidating power in the hands of Netanyahu and his friends. Additionally, they claim that Netanyahu, who is facing corruption allegations, has an interest conflict.

Israelis are strongly split over the proposal, which has drawn criticism from the United States. Netanyahu is urged by President Joe Biden to take his time and establish a strong national consensus before enacting any legislation.

Since the proposal for the revision was made in January, tens of thousands of Israelis have participated in large-scale rallies against it.

Additionally, business leaders have said that a weakened judiciary will scare off foreign investors.

The strategy is, however, perhaps most at risk from the mounting demands of military reservists, who claim they will stop reporting for duty in important units.

They include cyberwar officers, commandos, and fighter pilots. Israeli politicians and military chiefs have been more alarmed, warning that the refusals to serve could jeopardize national security.

The foundation of the reserve force is made up of volunteers.


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