Thousands of protesters are on the streets of Israel this Monday (27) to protest against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s judicial reform project. The country has registered demonstrations since the prime minister’s plans were announced months ago, but the mobilization escalated after Netanyahu fired Defense Minister Yoav Gallant over criticism of his reform that seeks to reduce the powers of the Supreme Court.
The leader of Histadrut, the largest trade union in the country, announced a general strike. “We are all concerned about the fate of Israel,” said Arnon Bar-David during a press conference alongside business leaders and public officials, according to the newspaper. Times of Israel.
“We’ve lost our way, it’s not about left or right,” he continued. “We can no longer polarize the nation.”
The labor mobilization managed to suspend the departure of flights from Ben Gurion International Airport. According to the newspaper Haaretzat least 80 thousand people surround the Knesset, the country’s Parliament.
In the face of popular pressure, the country’s Legislature rejected two votes on motions that could remove Netanyahu from office. In the most recent vote, 60 deputies voted against the motion of censure and 51 remained in favour. In this way, the prime minister remains in power.
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Israeli President Isaac Herzog has joined the chorus of discontent and also urges Netanyahu to drop his proposed judicial reform. “For the sake of the unity of the people of Israel, for the sake of necessary accountability, I urge you to stop the legislative process immediately,” Herzog said in a statement.
But there is no consensus within the government most aligned to the extreme right in the country’s history: the Minister of National Security, Itamar Ben Gvir, threatens to leave the coalition if the prime minister gives up on his proposal.
Netanyahu’s proposal would give parliament the power to overturn Supreme Court decisions and also interfere with the process of appointing judges.
Editing: Nicolau Soares