Netanyahu: Out of national responsibility, I decided to suspend the legislation in order to reach a broad consensus (Leam)
Defense Minister Yoav Galant met tonight (Wednesday) with Shas Chairman Aryeh Deri and discussed with him the attempts to convince Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cancel his dismissal.
Deri is one of the main factors pressuring Netanyahu to retract the dismissal, as well as Minister Dodi Amsalem, who is very close to Galant and mediates between the parties.
According to Likud sources, Netanyahu sent messages demanding that Gallant apologize for his statement against the legal revolution and resign from the Knesset to ensure that he will not vote against the legislation for a month.
Deri tries to mediate between Netanyahu and Galant and find a way for him to remain in his position.
According to sources familiar with the details, there is the possibility that Gallant will apologize for the statement he made with the warning from the legal revolution and for the fact that it was given while Netanyahu was abroad, without retracting the content or essence of the words. Deri also met with the Chief of Staff last Friday and heard his
assessments and the threats to the functioning of the IDF if the legal revolution passes.
Discussed with Deri the attempts to convince Netanyahu to cancel his dismissal.
Galant (photo: official website, no)
On Saturday evening, Gallant expressed his opposition to the continuation of the legislation in his first public statement on the subject.
"We need a change in the judicial system - the fabric of relations between the authorities requires correction, and yet, significant and national changes are being made in negotiations and discourse," he said.
Following his statement, the next day Netanyahu announced his dismissal from the position of Minister of Defense.
Gallant called for dialogue between the camps and warned of the wave of refusals to serve in the reserves.
"I said this in closed conversations in recent weeks, at this time we must stop the process in order to sit down and talk. Now I say it out loud, for the sake of Israel's security - we need to stop the legislative process at this time, allow the people of Israel to celebrate Passover, Independence Day and mourn together on Memorial Day . To stop the demonstrations immediately and to stop any forms of refusal. For our security, this is our duty."
His statement was met with mixed reactions from Knesset members and ministers from the Likud.
MKs David Bitan, Yuli Edelstein and Chairman of the Local Government Center Haim Bibbs expressed support for Gallant's words, while other MKs and ministers in the party attacked him and called for his dismissal. National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gabir also called for Gallant's dismissal.
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