Protests in Israel against the Netanyahu government’s judicial reforms

Protests in Israel against the Netanyahu government’s judicial reforms
Protests in Israel against the Netanyahu government’s judicial reforms
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Hi-Tech workers demonstrate in Tel Aviv against Netanyahu’s judicial reforms (Jack Jose/AFP)

Today, Tuesday, the city of Tel Aviv witnessed a demonstration of hundreds of the “hi-tech” sector (the advanced technology industry sector), and the closure of Kaplan Street to traffic, in protest against the intention of the new Israeli government to implement wide and far-reaching reforms in the judicial system, and a set of laws related to the relationship Between religion and state and the rights of minorities, due to the potential repercussions of these reforms on the Israeli economy and on foreign and local investments in this sector, which is considered one of the most productive sectors in Israel.

The Organization of Lawyers in the Public Prosecution Office and Legal Advisers in State Peace also announced its intention to take protest steps, starting with declaring a labor dispute against the announced reforms, due to the failure to involve representatives of the legal advisors and the Bar Association in formulating reforms that will affect their work and the future of individual rights as well in Israel. .

Meanwhile, on Monday, the heads of Israeli universities announced their opposition to the proposed reforms because of their impact on Israel, freedom of academic work and cooperation between Israeli universities and research centers, fueling the “international boycott movement against Israel”, and intensifying boycott activity against Israeli universities as well.

These developments come after the heads of the Israeli government coalition threatened, in an official letter addressed yesterday to the government’s judicial advisor, Ghali Behrab Mayara, to dismiss her from her job if she went to discuss a request to declare Netanyahu “unable to do his job” due to the contradiction between his being a prime minister facing corruption charges, And between the leadership of judicial and legal reforms, and the latter officially denied that it had conducted official deliberations in its office to decide on this issue.

Israeli President Isaac Herzog is trying to reach a settlement between the opposition and the current government, to avoid what he described as a “deep and serious constitutional crisis and rift among the people.”

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Herzog confirmed at a conference today, Tuesday, that although he was not sure of his ability to “achieve the desired goal”, he would not stop these attempts.

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Yesterday, the partisan political opposition to these reforms began to crack, after opposition leader Yair Lapid announced that he was proposing a settlement on the proposed reforms, calling on the head of state to form a special committee to deliberate on these reforms. Lapid’s proposal came nearly three weeks after a similar call was made by the head of the general camp, General Benny Gantz, in which he called for dialogue on these reforms.

On the other hand, the leader of the Yisrael Beiteinu party, Avigdor Lieberman, accused both Lapid and Gantz of indolence and retreating from their previous positions against the announced reforms, and accepting part of these reforms. Lieberman, who is considered one of the most extreme secular right-wing politicians, said that the proposals of Lapid and Gantz suggest that they accept a “half-dictatorship”.

The head of the Institute for National Security Research, General Tamir Hayman, who previously held the position of Deputy Chief of Staff of the Army, reiterated this morning the dangerous repercussions of the changes that these reforms may bring about in Israel’s image in front of the world, and thus their serious repercussions on Israeli national security and internal immunity, especially if It led to a serious decline in US support for Israel due to the violation of “the common values ​​of liberalism and freedoms” between Israel and the United States.

Hyman made these remarks in conjunction with the issuance of the National Security Research Institute’s strategic annual report yesterday evening.

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