Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has postponed the bill after 3 months of nationwide protests on the Judicial Reform Bill in Israel. Announcing the decision on Monday, Netanyahu said the bill was being postponed until the next session of parliament after the Independence Day holiday next month. After this the trade union called off the strike. The next session of Parliament in Israel will begin on April 30.
Announcing the withdrawal of the bill, Netanyahu accused the extremist minority community of dividing the country. Also criticized the Military Reservist, who had announced not to do duty if the bill was passed. Netanyahu said- The country is facing a crisis which threatens the unity of the nation. When civil war can be stopped in the country through talks, I am ready for it as the Prime Minister. But this reform will continue to bring back the balance in the country.
President Isaac Herzog welcomed the decision
President Isaac Herzog welcomed Netanyahu’s decision. Earlier, the Juish Power Party, which was part of the coalition government, had also supported postponing the bill for some time. At the same time, opposition leader Yair Lapid said that he is ready for talks with the government if the judicial reform is stopped completely.
Large crowds of protesters were present in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem during Netanyahu’s announcement to the media to postpone the bill. At the same time, the right-wing people supporting the bill also continued to protest. However, there was no violence between the two groups.
The whole country was protesting including teachers and doctors
Earlier, on March 26-27, demonstrations against the Judicial Reform Bill in Israel intensified. Teachers and doctors also left their jobs and joined the demonstrations. People also demonstrated strongly outside Netanyahu’s private house. At the same time, all the people working at Tel Aviv airport went on strike against the Netanyahu government. Because of this the takeoff of flights was banned.
Netanyahu had sacked the Defense Minister
On the other hand, Netanyahu sacked his Defense Minister Yoav Galant on March 26 for making a statement against the bill. Yoav said in a TV interview a day ago that the bill brought to weaken the country’s court is also causing divisions in the military. This is a threat to the security of the country. The government should sit and hold talks with the opposition on this issue.
Now know what is the Judicial Reform Bill in 3 points…
- In January, the Israeli government issued a resolution regarding the Supreme Court. If it is passed, the Israeli Parliament will get the right to reverse the decisions of the Supreme Court. It was named the ‘override’ bill. If this bill is passed then whoever has the majority in the Parliament will be able to overturn the decision of the Supreme Court. People believe that this will weaken the country’s democracy and the Supreme Court.
- According to the BBC, the new bill allows elected governments to interfere in the appointment of judges. Which will reduce the power of Judiciary to take correct and fair decisions.
- With the implementation of Netanyahu’s new bill, the power of the Supreme Court will be limited even in the matter of repealing any law.