Today, Sunday, the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, dismissed Defense Minister Yoav Gallant from his post 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.
Gallant 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 conduct a dialogue with opponents, warning of the existence of “enormous threats” with the arrival of what he considered a “schism” 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.
threatens national security
Commenting on the dismissal decision, the leader of the Israeli opposition, Yair Lapid, said that Netanyahu threatens national security and poses a threat to Israel’s security.
The Israeli National Unity Coalition also said, “Never before has the defense minister been dismissed for warning him of a security threat,” adding, “Netanyahu is determined to throw Israel into the abyss.”
In turn, former Defense Minister Benny Gantz said, “We are facing a real threat, and Netanyahu has placed himself before Israel’s security.”
For their part, the leaders of the Israeli protests said that Netanyahu is behaving like a genuine dictator, announcing the organization of demonstrations in the government center area in Tel Aviv, according to the newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth.
On the other hand, the Israeli Minister of Security, Itamar Ben Gvir, said that the Minister of Defense is not entitled to remain in his position after his speech yesterday, adding, “Netanyahu’s decision to dismiss Defense Minister Saeb, and I support him in that.”
It is noteworthy that Netanyahu seeks to introduce radical changes to the judicial system, especially since many right-wingers in Israel believe that the Supreme Court tends to the left and is elitist, and interferes greatly in political affairs, as well as giving priority to the rights of minorities over national interests in many cases.
Netanyahu’s plan that ignited Israel to change the judicial system
So the government is pushing for changes that would limit the powers of this court to issue rulings against the legislative and executive branches, while giving MPs more power in appointing judges, which currently requires the approval of politicians and judges who are members of the relevant committee.
These various current proposals would change that, giving the government much more leverage.
However, some opponents believe that Netanyahu’s motives are personal, especially since he faces 3 criminal charges of corruption.
They also consider that his goal is to abort the Supreme Court, so that he does not face the possibility of spending many years in prison.
Also, another section of them insinuates that Netanyahu’s nationalist allies want to weaken the Supreme Court in order to establish more settlements on land where the Palestinians seek to establish their state.