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More than 80,000 Israelis Take Part in Protests in Jerusalem

Mon 27 Mar 2023 | 06:29 PM
Israa Farhan

On Monday, a protest against the policy of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government gathered 80,000 people in front of the Knesset (Israeli parliament) building in Jerusalem.

This was reported by the Kan 11 state-owned TV channel, broadcasting live from the scene.

Large-scale protests have been going on in Israel for nearly 24 hours. The demonstrations escalated after Netanyahu moved on March 26 to dismiss Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, who had publicly called for the suspension of judicial reform promoted by the ruling coalition.

According to the government's opponents, the overhaul plan, which limits the powers of the Supreme Court and places the executive branch in a position of authority to choose judges, will undermine the democratic foundations of the Israeli state.

On his part, Netanyahu insists that the plan will balance the powers of all branches of government, making the country's political system more democratic.

The Israeli prime minister continues to consult with his coalition partners about what steps to take next.

State-owned Kan broadcaster reported earlier on Monday that the prime minister was examining the possibility of suspending the reform plan.