Tens of hundreds of Israelis gathered in Tel Aviv on Saturday to protest plans by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new authorities to overtake the judicial system.
Israeli media cited round 100,000 individuals took to the streets of town in protest.
The weekend’s demonstration was attended by former Prime Minister Yair Lapid, now the chief of the principle opposition get together, Yesh Atid.
“What you see right here as we speak is an indication in help of the nation. Individuals who love Israel have come right here as we speak to defend its democracy, to defend its courts, to defend the thought of coexistence and of [the] frequent good,” Lapid mentioned.
“The individuals right here who love Israel, who got here to reveal for a democratic Jewish state based on the values of the Declaration of Independence, won’t hand over till we win,” he continued.
Protesters crammed the streets with Israeli flags and banners that learn “The Supreme Court docket,” and “Israel, We Have A Drawback.”
Different protests occurred in different cities throughout Israel – together with Jerusalem, Haifa and Beersheba.
Saturday’s demonstrations adopted one other protest final week which additionally drew tens of hundreds in an early problem to Netanyahu and his ultranationalist and ultra-Orthodox authorities – probably the most right-wing in Israeli historical past.
The federal government says an influence imbalance has given judges and authorities authorized advisers an excessive amount of sway over lawmaking and governance.
Netanyahu has pledged to press on with the modifications regardless of the opposition.
Along with the protests, stress has constructed up on Netanyahu’s authorities after the nation’s lawyer common requested Netanyahu to fireplace a key cupboard ally following a Supreme Court docket ruling that disqualified him from serving a authorities put up for a conviction of tax offences.
Whereas Netanyahu is predicted to heed the courtroom ruling, it solely deepened the rift within the nation over the judicial system and the facility of the courts.
Earlier this week, Netanyahu, who’s on trial for corruption, vowed to proceed with the judicial overhaul regardless of the protests.
Opponents say the modifications might assist Netanyahu evade conviction in his corruption trial, or make the courtroom case disappear altogether.