Thousands Protest Outside Israel’s Parliament Over Judicial Reforms.
Thousands of Israeli citizens gathered outside the Knesset, the country’s parliament, to protest against the government’s proposed judicial reform plan on Monday.
The plan, which is undergoing a series of preliminary votes inside the chamber, has been met with widespread criticism and accusations that it would grant the legislative branch an excessive level of control over the supreme court.
Demonstrators, who carried Israeli flags and signs reading “Save Israel democracy” and “The whole world is watching,” expressed their concern over the potential implications of the reform for the nation’s democracy.
In a rare national address, President Isaac Herzog warned that the country was “on the verge of legal and social collapse” and appealed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing government to halt the legislative process and engage in discussions with the opposition to reach a compromise.
“I am appealing to you with a request not to introduce the bill for its first reading,” Herzog said.
Justice Minister Yariv Levin’s proposal, which aims to correct the perceived power imbalance between elected officials and the supreme court, would grant the government de facto control over supreme court nominees and give parliament the ability to override supreme court decisions with a simple majority vote.
These measures have been met with condemnation from supreme court President Esther Hayut and others, who view them as an attack on the judiciary’s independence.
Source | NDTV
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