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Report: Netanyahu almost announced suspicion of judicial reform legislation

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intended to announce the suspension of the legislation on the government’s planned judicial reforms during his speech last night on the widespread protests against the reforms, according to a report by Channel 13 News.

Netanyahu reportedly intended to propose that the advancement of the legislation be frozen for a week to ten days to allow for negotiations with the opposition to take place under President Isaac Herzog’s proposal.

  • However, the prime minister ultimately decided not to go through with the suspension of the legislation after receiving a message from Justice Minister Yariv Levin in which Levin threatened to resign if the bills are frozen for even one day.
  • The Prime Minister’s Office dismissed the report as “fake news.”

In his speech last night, Netanyahu condemned the demonstrators who behaved violently in Tel Aviv.

  • “The freedom of demonstration is not a license to plunge the country into anarchy, because a sovereign country cannot tolerate anarchy. I know that there are citizens who love the country who passionately support the reform and there are others who love the country who passionately oppose the reform. In a democracy there are clear rules on how to conduct debate and there are red lines that must not be crossed. The red line – the sharp and clear line is a complete ban on violence and anarchy,” Netanyahu said.

He added, “We will not accept rioters in Huwara and we will not accept rioters in Tel Aviv.”

Source: Arutz Sheva

Header: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with Minister of the Interior and Health Aryeh Deri, Minister of Defence Yoav Galant, Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, Justice Minister Yariv Levin and Ministers during the swearing in ceremony of the new israeli government at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem, on December 29, 2022. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 *** Local Caption