Netanyahu Government In Climbdown On Plan To Weaken Israel’s Judiciary
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu government in climbdown on a controversial issue. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a change to a key component of its contentious plans to overhaul the country's judicial system on On March 20, 2023, marking the government's first backtrack in the face of massive public protests and international pressure, including from US President Joe Biden.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu government in climbdownon a controversial issue. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a change to a key component of its contentious plans to overhaul the country's judicial system on On March 20, 2023, marking the government's first backtrack in the face of massive public protests and international pressure, including from US President Joe Biden.
The decision was widely seen as a significant concession by the government, which has been under mounting pressure from both domestic and international sources.
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For months, hundreds of thousands of Israelis have flocked to the streets to protest the reform, claiming that it will harm Israeli democracy. Senior people from Israel's security, high-tech, financial, and intellectual sectors have joined them.
A blueprint for a hostile political takeover of the justice system. This is not a committee to select judges – this is a committee to select associates, and this is exactly what they planned from day one.- Opposition leader and former Prime Minister Yair Lapid
This is not a softening, but a declaration of war by the Israeli government on its citizens and on Israeli democracy. The legislation they are trying to pass is the first chapter in turning Israel into a dictatorship, which will bring in judges from the government – judges who judge, like in Hungary and Russia, who will be chosen by the government of the destruction of the house.- Organizers of the protest movement
In a statement released on March 20, the Netanyahu government announced that it would be suspending the construction of the new settlement.
The need to maintain the strong alliance between Israel and its international partners [as the reason for the climbdown].- Netanyahu government
The heads of the coalition parties call on the opposition to take advantage of the month-long recess period, during which the legislative procedures in the Knesset cannot be held, in order to hold real negotiations in order to reach an understanding regarding the articles of legislation that will be submitted for approval after the recess. We extend a hand to everyone who really cares about the unity of the people and the desire to reach an agreed settlement.- The coalition
The administration hopes to enact the judicial selection measure before the start of the Passover vacation on April 5, but most of the remainder of the reform package will now be delayed until the next Knesset session begins at the end of April.
Another component of the planned change is an override provision, which gives the Knesset the authority to overrule Supreme Court judgments, as well as a law that makes it more difficult for judges to declare a sitting prime minister "unfit for office."
While the climbdown is a significant victory for opponents of the plan, it remains to be seen what will happen next. The government has not yet said whether it plans to abandon the plan completely or whether it will be reworked in some way.
Opposition leaders and legal experts have called for the plan to be abandoned entirely, arguing that it is a threat to Israel's democracy. They have also called for a broader conversation about the future of Israel's judiciary and its relationship with the government.