With the escalation of angry reactions inside Israel following the announcement of the dismissal of Defense Minister Yoav Gallant from his position due to his rejection of the judicial amendments, Justice Minister Yariv Levin threatened to resign if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu retracted the judicial amendments, especially since the latter is facing partisan pressure to retract the judicial amendments, according to what he said. Its Al-Arabiya/Al-Hadath correspondent.
On the other hand, officials in the Likud party said that the Minister of Justice is reckless and ready to burn the country, according to what was reported by the Israeli Channel 12.
They also added, “The Minister of Justice has put the country on the brink of civil war and he must resign.”
Channel 12 also indicated that the army raised the state of alert in the country after losing control inside Israel.
Dismissal.. and the first statement
This comes after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sacked Defense Minister Yoav Gallant from office earlier today because of his rejection of the judicial amendments, according to Al-Arabiya/Al-Hadath correspondent.
Local media also reported that Netanyahu summoned the defense minister before his dismissal, and said he had lost confidence in him because he had worked against the government and the ruling coalition.
In his first statement after his dismissal, the newspaper (The Jerusalem Post) quoted Gallant as saying, “The security of the State of Israel was and always will be the mission of my life.”
The dismissed defense minister had recently opposed Netanyahu’s controversial plan to amend the Israeli judicial system. Yesterday, Saturday, he called for halting legislation related to judicial amendments to hold a dialogue with opponents, warning of the existence of “enormous threats” with the arrival of what he considered a “split” within the Israeli army. .
“We need a change in the judicial system, but the main changes must be made through dialogue,” he said in a televised speech.
The dismissal sparked angry reactions in the country. The Israeli opposition issued a statement holding the prime minister responsible for threatening Israel’s security, saying, “The country’s security should not be a political game in the hands of Netanyahu.”
She called on members of the Likud party not to accept the position of Minister of Defense, and said, “Whoever accepts the position of Minister of Defense brings shame to himself.”
Thousands of Israelis also took to the streets today, Sunday, to protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s dismissal of Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, while Israeli police dispersed the protesters in Tel Aviv with water cannons.
The judicial system
It is noteworthy that Netanyahu’s ruling coalition is trying to advance amendments to the judicial system that would give the government decisive influence in choosing judges and limit the power of the Supreme Court to overturn laws.
Supporters of the amendments say the plan will curb the Supreme Court’s abuse of its powers and restore balance to the arms of government.
For their part, opponents of the amendments believe that it will weaken the judiciary, endanger civil liberties, and harm the economy.
The proposed amendments also sparked weeks of mass protests and alarm among Israel’s Western allies.