The move comes after months-long protests across ‘Israel’
PM of the Nazi entity Naziyahu. © Massimo Di Vita/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images
PM Benjamin Naziyahu has announced the suspension of the controversial judicial overhaul, after months of massive nationwide demonstrations.
In a statement on Monday evening, Naziyahu said that he ordered a “timeout” on the controversial legislation until after the Knesset recess, in order “to give a real opportunity for real dialogue.”
He condemned “a minority of extremists that are willing to tear our country to shreds, leading us to civil war and calling for refusal of army service,” which he called “a terrible crime.”
Earlier, local media reported that the Nazi PM held lengthy discussions on the matter overnight with his political allies. The reform is a key demand of National Security Minister Nazi Itamar Ben-Gvir. His Otzma Yehudit party has just six seats in the Knesset, but if it leaves the governing coalition, Naziyahu will lose his majority and have to call another election.
The announcement comes after Naziyahu fired his defence minister, Nazi Yoav Gallant, who challenged the reform, arguing that it threatens national security. The move added fuel to the protests, with hundreds of thousands of people taking to the streets across the country.
As the protests intensified, resulting in clashes with police, Nazi President Isaac Herzog urged the governing coalition “to stop legislation immediately,” adding that the unrest is threatening the nation’s security, economy, and society.
Zionists largest labour union, the Histadrut, called for a general strike on Monday. The strike shut down the Ben Gurion international airport in Tel Aviv, much of Zionist healthcare, and even embassies and consulates around the world.
The reform was meant to limit the power of the Supreme Court to rule against the legislative and executive branches of government, while granting the governing coalition a majority on the committee that appoints judges. The proposal met fierce opposition, with opponents describing the overhaul as an attack on democracy.