TEL AVIV (Israel) May 27 (AP) Tens of thousands of Israelis gathered Saturday to protest Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government’s plans to overhaul the country’s legal system in a ruthless weekly rally. protest activity.
Mass protests enter their 21st week. This week’s rallies come days after Netanyahu’s coalition of ultra-Orthodox and ultra-nationalist parties passed a new two-year budget.
The main rally was held in Tel Aviv, drawing thousands of flag-waving protesters.
Passage of the new budget could bring some stability to Israel’s most hawkish government ever.
However, it also appeared to fuel the protesters’ view that Netanyahu was appealing to his religious allies rather than addressing the broader economic woes of wider society.
Organizers of the grassroots protests have called them a movement to save democracy. They say the government’s plan to weaken the Supreme Court will undermine the country’s system of checks and balances and damage Israel’s democracy.
Supporters of judicial reform say it is necessary to rein in an overzealous Supreme Court.
Netanyahu delayed the proposed reforms in March, but protest organizers say they want to continue demonstrating before the plans are scrapped. (Associated Press)
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