Jerusalem on January 15, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday shrugged off an 80,000-strong rally the night before against the government’s contentious plans to remake the judiciary, telling cabinet ministers that the national elections were a bigger display of the public’s will.
Changes in the pipeline include weakening the Supreme Court so that it will not be able to veto legislation and policies deemed unconstitutional, and granting the government control over the panel that selects judges.
Critics say that along with other planned legislation, the overhaul will impact Israel’s democratic character by upsetting its system of checks and balances, granting too much power to the executive branch, and leaving minorities undefended.
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