Netanyahu Government Withdraws Plan To Weaken Israel's Judiciary
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu government withdraws plan to weaken Israel's judiciary on Monday, the first such retreat in the face of massive public protests and international pressure, including from US Vice President Joe Biden.
Within and outside of the house, opposition leaders swiftly opposed the amendments. As a result of the agreement, Israeli governments would have slightly less authority to choose new judges, but still more authority than they do at now.
Simcha Rothman, the legislator in charge of the reform process, made the announcement and also indicated that the Knesset will wait to adopt other parts of the plan until after the Passover break in April.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government have withdrawn their controversial plan to weaken the country's judiciary system after facing criticism from opposition parties and civil society groups.
The proposed plan aimed to restrict the powers of the Supreme Court, allowing the government to override court decisions and limit the ability of the court to intervene in government policies.
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 said in a statement
The plan was met with widespread opposition, with critics accusing the government of attempting to undermine the country's democracy and consolidate its power.
The opposition parties and civil society groups argued that the plan would infringe on the independence of the judiciary system and violate the country's constitutional values.
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
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Following the public outcry, Netanyahu and his government were forced to withdraw the proposed plan and issued a public apology.
The Prime Minister acknowledged that the proposal had caused significant unrest in the country and vowed to work with the opposition parties and civil society groups to find a solution that would be acceptable to all.
Despite the government's reversal, many critics remain cautious, arguing that the government's actions reflect a broader trend of authoritarianism and disregard for democratic values.
They are calling for continued vigilance and activism to ensure that the country's democracy and constitutional values are upheld.
The decision by the Netanyahu government to withdraw its plan to weaken the judiciary system is a significant victory for democracy in Israel. However, it highlights the need for continued vigilance to protect the country's democracy and constitutional values.
The opposition parties and civil society groups have shown that they are willing to fight for these values and will continue to do so.
As citizens and members of civil society, we must remain vigilant and hold our elected officials accountable to ensure that democracy is upheld in Israel.