Israel in turmoil as Netanyahu mulls suspending judicial overhaul

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AMMAN — Thousands of Israelis gathered in front of the Knesset building on Monday in West Jerusalem, with thousands more arriving from the city's entrance, as reported by Haaretz. اضافة اعلان

The large gathering led to the blocking of all streets surrounding the Knesset, with heavy police deployment in the area.

The protests are in response to the firing of Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plan to neuter the High Court.

Itamar Ben Gvir considers resignationNetanyahu is expected to announce on Monday that he will freeze the government's plan to neuter the High Court. The decision came after the wave of protests that broke out Sunday night throughout Israel in response to Gallant's dismissal.

However, this move has led to far-right leader Itamar Ben Gvir considering quitting the government as Netanyahu is expected to freeze the coalition's legislation curbing the judiciary.

Demands to stop the legislationIsraeli President Isaac Herzog has called on the coalition to stop the legislation of the judicial reform after a night of major protests.
Furthermore, the Histadrut Labor Federation, Israel's primary worker's union, announced that it would coordinate a major labor strike to prevent the government's judicial overhaul from being enacted.

The Histadrut will be joined by the nation's healthcare providers, according to the Medical Association.

Fear of ‘immediate escalation’In the midst of the ongoing protests, Israeli police sources have stated that they fear an "immediate escalation" after extreme right-wing activists announced they will protest on Monday at the Knesset. Police are warning against "activists potentially harming protesters against the judicial overhaul."

Opposition against Israel's government plan to reform the judiciary has led to weeks of protests. Many believe the proposed changes will threaten the judiciary's independence and the nature of Israeli governance.

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