On Thursday, hundreds of right-wing Israelis marched against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposal to restructure the nation’s judicial system, barring a major roadway in Tel Aviv.
The crowd was considerably less than the hundreds of thousands who demonstrated against the plan in recent months.
But the effect of the gathering was the same.
The Ayalon highway, the primary north-south route through the coastal city, was clogged with protesters honking their car horns and waving blue and white Israeli flags.
This week, following ferocious demonstrations, Netanyahu put the proposal on hold and started talks with his political rivals to find a compromise. Yet, his detractors have pledged to keep up their demonstrations as well.
The strategy would grant the parliamentary coalition of Benjamin Netanyahu influence over Supreme Court decisions and the ability to choose judges.
According to Netanyahu and his backers, the proposal must rein in a system of unelected activist judges who have too much authority over political issues.
By placing excessive authority in the hands of Netanyahu and his parliamentary supporters, critics claim the amendments would dismantle a system of checks and balances.
Additionally, they claim that while Netanyahu is facing criminal charges and is in court, he has a conflict of interest.