Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is organizing support for a “Million-person Protest” scheduled for Thursday in support of his administration’s judicial reform program behind the scenes.
Netanyahu is asking haredi members of the governing coalition to urge their voters to participate.
He has spoken with stakeholders to guarantee they have the resources to mobilize people.
According to reports, the prime minister sees the next demonstration as an “expression of public legitimacy” for the ruling coalition and, consequently, for its reform agenda.
However, officials anticipate that Netanyahu won’t attend the event for security reasons.
Last Wednesday, hundreds of Israelis participated in a “freedom march” that culminated in a protest in front of the Tel Aviv residence of former Supreme Court President Aharon Barak.
On their posters, the protesters said the court was a “dictatorship” and “harming national security.”
Barak, who presided over the Supreme Court from 1995 to 2006, is primarily credited for starting the “Constitutional Revolution” that the present administration is attempting to tame with its reform initiative.
On April 27, reformers will assemble for the “Million-person Protest” in front of the Knesset in Jerusalem as a show of force and support for the administration’s initiative to reinstate checks and balances on the judiciary.
The gathering will be “the largest demonstration in [the state’s] history,” according to the organizers, who also issued a plea to “government ministers and Knesset members: You have earned a mandate to rectify the wrong. We refuse to live as second-class citizens!”
On Saturday, Yariv Levin, Israel’s justice minister, asked supporters to “stand between the Knesset and the Supreme Court and say with unprecedented determination: The people demand legal reform.” The right-wing government’s mandate must be carried out.