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Despite continued protests, Benjamin Netanyahu is reopening the door to his justice reforms

Despite continued protests, Benjamin Netanyahu is reopening the door to his justice reforms

In March, the Israeli prime minister announced a suspension of the legislative process and negotiations with the opposition. The project has now resumed.

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Demonstration against judicial reform in Tel Aviv, Israel on June 17, 2023.  (SAEED QAQ / ANADOLU AGENCY / AFP)

They hit the road for the 24th week in a row. Israelis gathered in Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities on the evening of Saturday, June 17 to protest the controversial judiciary reform plan being pushed by Binyamin Netanyahu’s government. Although the Hebrew state’s prime minister announced the suspension of the legislative process in March, he opened the door to its resumption during Sunday’s cabinet meeting. The Chairman called a meeting “this week” Regarding that, he promised to move the project forward “in a measured and responsible manner”.

Talks stalled

On March 27, Benjamin Netanyahu proposed a pause in his reforms as a way to provide “Good luck with the conversation” with the opposition. But on Wednesday, the latter’s two main leaders, Yaïr Lapid and Benny Gantz, suspended participation in the talks, with Yar Lapid blaming the prime minister. “To pretend that he is open to debate”. On Sunday, the latter blamed the opposition parties “Simulating Fake Speeches”.

For the Netanyahu government, one of the most right-wing in Israel’s history, the text aims to realign powers by reducing the Supreme Court’s prerogatives in favor of parliament. . Instead, its opponents believe it opens the way to an authoritarian slide, and the text has sparked a protest movement of unprecedented scale.