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Israelis protest Netanyahu’s legal overhaul plans for ninth week in a row

Tens of thousands of Israelis protested Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial plans to reform the country’s legal system in the ninth week.

Mr Netanyahu The far-right government is pushing ahead with plans critics fear will weaken the Supreme Court and limit judges’ power, as well as threaten democratic institutions.

He is currently being tried for fraud, corruption and breach of trust. According to him and his associates, the proposed changes will restrain an unelected judiciary.

These plans were made weeks after the swearing in of Mr Netanyahu’s ultranationalist coalition.


Since then, protestors have increased in number each week.

Image Aerial view of Israelis performing on Saturday

On Saturday, the largest protests were held in Tel Aviv. Protesters waved flags that depicted the prime minister as various dictators. Others waved rainbow and Palestinian flags.

Protestors blocked a Tel Aviv highway and were attacked by Israeli police on Wednesday.

Unifying a divided nation

It is evident that Israelis from all walks of society are present at the demonstrations: young and old, religious and secular, workers in the private and public sectors, and right-wing and left-wing.

Israel is divided right now. However, it is also a country that is moving to bring old divisions together.

Isaac Herzog, the Israeli President, called for compromise and dialogue. So far Prime Minister Netanyahu has refused.

These reforms have been desired by the hard right-wing for many years. Now that they are in government they won’t be able to stop, regardless of the consequences.

Protesters and police also got into a dispute near Mr Netanyahu’s house.

Image: Benjamin Netanyahu

Ronen Cohen (53-year-old history teacher) was one of the protestors. He said that he came to protest against the Israeli government’s regime revolution. I hope this massive demonstration will have an effect on the Israeli government and show that we won’t give up.

Image During a demonstration in Tel Aviv, people block a road.

Ophir Kubitsky (68), a high school teacher, said that there is a danger that Israel could become a dictatorship. “We came to show the world that we are capable of winning.


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