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Protests in Israel, Netanyahu towards halt of justice reform. First cracks in the government


The premier speaks to the nation, he could stop the disputed measure but the far-right leader Ben Gvir threatens the fall of the government. An oceanic crowd in the street. Takeoffs blocked from Tel Aviv airport (ANSA)

Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu will speak to the nation today and, according to media citing sources close to the prime minister, could announce the suspension of judicial reform.

The decision came after a night of strong protests across the country due to the dismissal of defense minister Yoav Gallant, guilty of having asked for the reform to be halted.

Even President Herzog this morning asked the Prime Minister to stop the legislative process of the reform.

According to some sources, Netanyahu's speech is expected around 10:30 local time (9:30 in Italy).

Israel, protests against the sacking of the defense minister

Itamar Ben Gvir, leader of the far-right Jewish Power party and minister for national security, has threatened Netanyahu that

he will immediately bring down the government if the premier decides to stop the judicial reform


The media report it.

Ben Gvir, the media added, said that the meaning of halting the reform would be "a surrender in the face of violence in the streets".

Without Ben Gvir's party, Netanyahu would lose his majority in the Knesset.

Israel, protests in Jerusalem in front of Netanyahu's residence

Israeli airport employees union leader Pinchas Idan announced

the immediate halt of all takeoffs from Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport


It is, he explained, a protest against the great judicial reform initiated by the Netanyahu government and against the dismissal of defense minister Yoav Gallant.

Shortly before, the leader of the union center Arnon Bar David had announced a general strike throughout the country if Netanyahu does not form that reform today.

ANSA Agency

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After Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu's dismissal of Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, the leaders of the anti-reform protests immediately called a demonstration in Tel Aviv in front of the Defense Ministry.

Other demonstrators went to demonstrate in solidarity under the former minister's house in Jerusalem, and protests were also held in Beersheva and Haifa.

Protest leaders have called a mass demonstration at 2pm (local time) in front of the Knesset in Jerusalem.

"We will not allow any compromise - they argued - that damages the independence of the Supreme Court".

The same have asked that Minister Gallant be restored to responsibility for defence.

Today the government convened a Commission which intends to modify the mechanism for appointing judges to the Court, ensuring that the political majority has primacy in the choice.

Opposition leader Yair Lapid attacked Netanyahu's decision, arguing that "the prime minister can fire the minister, but he cannot dismiss the reality of the people of Israel who are resisting the madness of the majority."

The secretary general of the Histadrut, the powerful Labor union, Arnon Bar-David, has announced a press conference for today at which he may announce a general strike.

ANSA Agency

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Continue the confrontation on the reform of the Justice.

Even some ministers say they are against (ANSA)

"We are deeply concerned about ongoing developments in Israel, including the potential impact on military response capability raised by Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, who further underlines the urgent need for a compromise," the Security Council spokesman said. US National John Kirby. 

Source: ansa

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