Amid the crisis erupted by the project to amend the judicial system in Israel, the dismissed Minister of Defense, Yoav Gallant, warned of the security risks facing the country.
In a closed session before the Foreign Affairs and Security Committee at the Knesset headquarters in Jerusalem, today, Monday, Galant said that “the deep rift in Israeli society may tempt the country’s enemies to act against it, security and military.”
The minister who was sacked by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday, Sunday, for his objection to this project, also considered that Israel’s international standing is at stake.
approval of the amendments
Concurrently, the Knesset Constitution Committee announced its approval of the judicial amendments in the second and third readings, provided that they will be presented to the parliament table later, perhaps today, for ratification, despite all objections.
Meanwhile, Israeli President Isaac Herzog urged the government to “immediately stop” the legislative path of the project to reform the judicial system, after clashes were recorded between demonstrators and the police in Tel Aviv last night. “Last night we saw very difficult scenes,” he said in a statement.
He also warned that the country’s security and economy are under threat,” calling on “the prime minister, members of the government and the majority” to take action.
For his part, the head of the trade unions declared a general strike in Israel. The leaders of the protests also confirmed that they would not only suspend legislation, but rather abolish it, stressing that it had brought the country to the threshold of dictatorship.
Surrender to Chaos!
On the other hand, the far-right Minister of Internal Security, Itamar Ben Gvir, called for the approval of the bill, considering that retracting it would be a surrender to chaos.
These statements came after thousands of people took to the streets yesterday evening in Tel Aviv following Netanyahu’s dismissal of Galant from office after he publicly called on Saturday to suspend the law, expressing his fear for the security of the country.
It is noteworthy that the reform project proposed by the Netanyahu government, which is one of the most right-wing Israeli governments, aims to increase the power of parliamentarians over the judiciary.