A statement issued by the right-wing Jewish Power party, the far-right partner in the Israeli government coalition, said today, Monday, that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will postpone the process of discussions on the planned controversial judicial reform until next month.
The statement added that the legislation would be pushed to the next session of the Israeli parliament in order to “pass reform through dialogue.”
Parliament will go into recess next week at the Easter recess.
Ben Gvir agrees
In parallel, a statement revealed that the Israeli prime minister had agreed with his partner in the ruling coalition, Minister of National Security Ben Gvir, to give more time to discuss the judicial amendment in order to approve it.
He explained that he had agreed to cancel the right of veto on delaying the judicial amendment, in return for confirming its proposal in the next Knesset session.
For his part, IDF Chief of Staff Herzi Halevy called on the soldiers to continue to fulfill their duty and act responsibly in the face of bitter social divisions.
On the government’s plans to amend the judicial system.
“These times are different from any times we have seen before,” Halevy said in remarks published by the Military Information Office.
In addition, thousands of Israelis flocked to the vicinity of the Knesset headquarters in West Jerusalem, today, in preparation for a huge demonstration, to protest against the draft judicial amendments bill that the far-right government of Benjamin Netanyahu intended to pass before retracting, and temporarily suspending consideration of it, after the crisis that sparked it.
Israel’s political scene has been gripped by turmoil over plans proposed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his new hard-right government to amend the judiciary laws, which have sparked protests at home and concerns among allies abroad.
On January 4, Netanyahu’s new government announced a plan that would allow the Knesset to overturn some Supreme Court rulings and give the government more power to appoint judges.