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The Constitution Committee is expected to vote today on two key sections of the legal reform: changing the method of electing judges and revoking the authority of the Supreme Court to annul basic laws. Demonstrators

Confrontation between MK Efrat Raiten and MK Simcha Rothman in the Constitution Committee, January 16, 2023 (Knesset Channel)

After lengthy discussions, the Constitution Committee chaired by MK Simcha Rothman is expected to vote today (Monday) on two central sections of the legal reform - changing the method of selecting judges so that the government and the coalition will have a majority in their selection, and eliminating the possibility of the Supreme Court to discuss or overturn fundamental laws. This is approval for a first reading, and it is estimated that the votes will take place as planned despite President Yitzhak Herzog's proposal.

After their approval, the coalition will decide when to bring the proposals to the Knesset plenum for approval in the first reading. It has not yet been decided whether it will be brought for approval in the plenary next Wednesday, next Monday or postponed for a certain period in favor of negotiations, As President Herzog suggested. Last night Justice Minister Yariv Levin rejected Herzog's call to stop the legislation.

They are expected to vote on key sections of the legal reform.

Discussion in the Constitution Committee, in January (Photo: Flash 90, Yonatan Zindel)

According to the bill, the committee chaired by the Minister of Justice will appoint nine members, who are the President of the Supreme Court, as well as two retired judges appointed by the Minister, with the approval of the President of the Supreme Court.

The Minister of Justice and two other ministers determined by the government will be added to the committee.

In addition to them, three Knesset members will be added, who are the chairman of the Constitution Committee, and two Knesset members, from the coalition factions and the opposition factions. The majority required to elect judges to the Supreme Court will be five committee members, and the candidates will appear before the Constitution Committee before the decision of the committee for the selection of judges.

The second expected bill Going up for approval establishes a lack of judgment regarding the validity of fundamental laws. Rothman announced that he intends to further discuss the Supreme Court's attitude to ordinary legislation, but this proposal will not be brought up for approval at this stage.

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At the same time as the committee's discussion, many workers across the country are expected to strike today in protest against the legal plan promoted by the government.

Among others, doctors, lawyers, high-tech people, local authority employees, business owners and more are expected to strike.

Demonstrations will be held in the afternoon at various locations, with the main protest starting at 12:00 in front of the Knesset in Jerusalem, where the protestors will go in convoys of cars that are expected to cause traffic delays.

Earlier, some of them are expected to come to prayer at the Western Wall and from there march to the Knesset.

Local authorities, universities and hundreds of businesses and companies, including architecture firms and law firms, have announced that they will allow those who want to participate in the strike to be absent from work.

About 200 hi-tech companies have already announced that they will allow workers to strike.

The protestors are expected to leave for the Knesset by train starting at 8:30: "It's time to increase the pressure, we can already see the light at the end of the tunnel."

How to get to the demonstration in Jerusalem?

Despite the estimates of the arrival of tens of thousands, and perhaps several hundreds of thousands, to the demonstration in Kiryat Shvarman today on the 12th against the legal revolution, yesterday the Minister of Transportation Miri Regev refused to order the reinforcement of the bus and train lines, as was done, for example, during the funeral of Rabbi Kanievsky in Bnei Brak about a year ago.

So how should you bypass congestion and get to the demonstration?

Private car:

Road number 1 is expected to be heavily congested and drivers will have difficulty finding parking in the capital.

Those who still prefer to arrive by private vehicle, it is recommended to arrive close to the demonstration area and continue on foot or by public transportation.

The parking lot in Kiryat HaLaum will be the first to be filled and access to it is expected to be blocked.

You can use the public parking lot at Mount Herzl in the south of the city where there are 550 parking spaces and travel 3 stops on the light rail to the Halutz station and walk about a kilometer from there.

There are also parking spaces on Mount Herzl itself and a parking lot at Shaare Zedek Hospital, which can be reached via the new Highway 16 without getting stuck in traffic at the main entrance to the city.

On the other side, you can use the Ammunition Hill parking lot in the north of the city, which has 600 spaces, or the Pisgat Zeev parking lot (250 spaces).

Both are on the route of the red line of the light rail, which will bring you to the central station and from there you can walk about half a kilometer.

You can also leave your car at the Shuava intersection, in the parking lot next to the Paz gas station or in the dirt parking lot on the other side, and take one of the many lines connecting the intersection to the central station.

You can do a similar thing at the Hamad interchange at the entrance to Abu Gush.

Another option: leave the vehicle in the free highway parking lot near the Shapirim interchange on Highway 1, and take the less frequent line 100 or line 102 to Kiryat Hamel.


Every hour there are two trains to Jerusalem that start their journey at the Herzliya station, which can be reached by train from all over the country.

However, this line will be particularly busy, and heavy traffic is also expected at the Navon station in the capital, adjacent to the central station and the nation's buildings, which also normally takes 10 minutes to leave its underground platforms.

You can park in the Herzliya station area, or get on the busy train in Netav (NIS 90 per day to park in Terminal 3, NIS 45 to park in long-term parking).

The train from Modi'in, which is on a different line, may be less crowded. It leaves once an hour, but there are plenty of parking in front of the station, in "Yishpro Center" (Einav center), and there is a bridge with elevators that connects it to the station.

Buses: Line 480 from Savidor in Tel Aviv, and 405 from the central station in the city, line 431 from the central station in Rishon Lezion, line 950 from Sharon, lines 940 and 960 from Haifa, and 470 from Beer Sheva all arrive at the central station in Jerusalem. You can also take bus 490 from Savidor or Azrieli in Tel Aviv to Givat Mordechai in the capital, which passes through Route 16, and will send you to walk about one and a half kilometers to the Knesset. For Jerusalemites

, the Ministry of Transportation has informed the public transportation companies that Kaplan, Zusman and Rupin streets in the Knesset area will be closed to traffic from 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The blockade will disrupt the routes of several lines in the city: 7, 9, 14, 35, 66, 430 of Egged, 90 and 97 of Superbus, 100 and 614 of Nufa, 113, 184, 194 of Qim and 121, 122, 156 of Egged traffic.

The Ministry of Transportation stated that "Public transportation will operate as a series. In light of the expected blocking of roads in the Kiryat Ha'elmet area in Jerusalem, the Ministry of Transportation is preparing to make adjustments to the public transportation routes according to the update that will be received from the traffic division of the police. Also, the Ministry of Transportation will work to make adjustments in real time in cooperation with the public transportation operators."

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