Netanyahu delays judicial reformamid large demonstrations. As a result of widespread opposition and demonstrations, the Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, has decided to postpone the implementation of a contentious proposal to reform the country's judicial system.
The Justice Minister, who is also an ally of Netanyahu's, was the one who championed the idea to weaken the authority of Israel's Supreme Court and give the government more say in the selection of new judges.
The planned reforms had been challenged by legal experts, civil society groups, and opposition politicians, who believed that they would damage the independence of the court and diminish democratic checks and balances.
The opposition politicians had also denounced the proposed changes. Moreover, the idea was met with massive popular criticism, which resulted in thousands of people going to the streets across Israel to voice their disapproval.
In response to the backlash, Netanyahu announced that he would delay the plan and set up a committee to review it further.
I have heard the concerns of the people and the legal community, and I have decided to delay the judicial overhaul plan and establish a committee to examine it in depth,- Netanyahu
he said in a statement.
Netanyahu's decision was welcomed by opposition leaders and civil society groups, who had been calling for the plan to be scrapped.
This is a victory for democracy and the rule of law. The attempt to weaken the Supreme Court and undermine the independence of the judiciary has been stopped,- Yair Lapid
said Yair Lapid, leader of the centrist Yesh Atid party.
However, some critics remained skeptical of Netanyahu's motives, noting that he had only delayed the plan rather than withdrawing it entirely.
We remain vigilant and will continue to fight any attempt to undermine the independence of the judiciary,- Avi Gabbay
said Avi Gabbay, leader of the center-left Labor party.
The proposed judicial overhaul plan was just one of several controversial moves by Netanyahu's government in recent months, including efforts to restrict freedom of speech and limit the powers of opposition parties.
Critics have accused Netanyahu of authoritarian tendencies and a disregard for democratic norms, while supporters argue that he is simply taking necessary steps to protect Israel's security and stability.
The delay of the judicial overhaul plan may be seen as a small victory for Israel's democracy, but it remains to be seen whether Netanyahu will listen to the concerns of his critics or push ahead with his controversial agenda.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's decision to delay a controversial plan to overhaul the country's judiciary is a significant development following mass protests and public outcry.
The proposed changes, which aimed to reduce the power of Israel's Supreme Court and give the government greater control over the appointment of judges, had been widely criticized by legal experts, civil society groups, and opposition politicians.
The delay of the plan may be seen as a small victory for Israel's democracy, but it remains to be seen whether Netanyahu will listen to the concerns of his critics or push ahead with his controversial agenda.
The situation highlights the ongoing tension between those who advocate for greater executive power and those who advocate for strong democratic institutions and checks and balances.