In parallel with the talks on a compromise in the President's House: the number of signatures required to convene the Likud Center on the issue of legal reform was obtained. The Dror Forum in the Likud and other party activists who initiated the centrist conference signed more than 850 signatures calling on the prime minister to "approve the reform unilaterally if there is no alternative."
Center member Yaakov Vovnovoy, one of the initiators of the center's conference, told Israel Hayom that "in the coming days, the signatures will be submitted to the chairman of the center, and from the moment of submission, the center must be convened within a month."
Pressure in the Likud movement to pass the reform unilaterally as well, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Justice Minister Yariv Levin (archive), photo: Jonathan Zindel/Flash 09
Webnovoi stresses that his goal and the goal of his colleagues is not to attack Netanyahu and the ministers. "We initiated the demand to convene the center in order to strengthen the prime minister and the justice minister in advancing the legal reform against those who are trying to dissolve and sterilize the critical reform, and there are those at home and abroad. We want this voice to be heard throughout the party, and also in the political system as a whole.
Israel's judicial system is sick and paralyzed. The root of this sickness is that the jurists have cut themselves off from the people and live in an ivory tower that chooses itself. This has paralyzed the judicial system, and indeed the entire country. This is what the reform has come to fix. Restore the rule of law to the judicial system."
As reported in Israel Hayom, after Netanyahu's announcement of the suspension of the reform, a number of groups began to sign centrist members, cell heads and Knesset members, demanding a discussion and decision by the party center. The motion addressed to Prime Minister Netanyahu stated, "The Likud Center strengthens the hands of the Prime Minister and the Minister of Justice in their efforts to achieve broad agreement on the legal reform. If such an agreement is not reached, the Center calls on the Likud Party and all its representatives to lend their hand and determine on third reading the amendment of the Committee for the Appointment of Judges without fear."
It should be noted that five Knesset members attached their signatures to the request: Amit Halevi, Dan Illouz, Tali Gottlieb, Moshe Pesal and Ariel Kellner. In addition, the "My Likud" groups – headed by Yossi Dagan and "United" – headed by Shevach Stern and Yehonatan Tal. In addition, Likud council heads and branch heads from around the country joined the initiative: Gush Etzion Regional Council head Shlomo Neeman, Karnei Shomron Council head Yigal Lahav, Bnei Brak branch chairman Uriel Buchritz and Hod Hasharon branch chairman Reuven Nahari.
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