Israeli Judicial Reform Suspended Until Summer Following Widespread Protests

The Israeli media outlet N12 have reported that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir have decided to suspend the controversial judicial reform plans until the summer Knesset session, which comes as the country faces widespread protests and strikes.

Protests intensified over the past 24 hours following the firing of Israeli Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant yesterday by Netanyahu after he spoke out against proposed judicial reforms that would allow the Israeli government to appoint judges and override decisions made by the country’s Supreme Court. Gallant broke ranks from Netanyahu and called for the proposals to be paused “for the security of Israel,” adding that “the growing rift in our society is penetrating the IDF and security agencies. This poses a clear, immediate and tangible threat to the security of the state.”