Prime Minister Netanyahu will suspend the revisions on Monday, reversing his hardline stance on the judicial reforms.
Following intense public pressure over several days that culminated in a general strike called by the Histadrut on Monday morning (affecting all public hospitals and Ben-Gurion Airport) and threats of a tax uprising by self-employed associations, Netanyahu is scheduled to deliver a speech in front of the public later on Monday morning.
He is expected to announce a halt to the legislation of the judicial reform. At this time, it’s unknown how long the delay will last.
Before his speech, Netanyahu met with the heads of the coalition factions and briefed them on his decision and the intricacies of the judicial reforms’ future. At the conference, national security minister Itamar Ben-Gvir (Otzma Yehudit), finance minister Bezalel Smotrich (Religious Zionist Party), and justice minister Yariv Levin (Likud) all demanded that the cabinet proceeds with the judicial reforms.
Ben-Gvir reportedly argued with Netanyahu during the meeting and yelled, “What is this? We cannot give up in this manner.
But, most of the Likud ministers and charedi parliamentarians from the Shas and United Torah Judaism parties informed Netanyahu that they would favor a hold on the measure.
“I appeal to the leaders of all Knesset factions, coalition and opposition alike, to place this country’s citizens above all else and to act with courage and responsibility without further delay,” President Isaac Herzog said in a statement on Monday, calling for the government to halt the judicial reform plan. Time to get up!
This is an opportunity for leadership and accountability, not for politics.