After months of nationwide protests, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has softened the pace and focus of his plan to overhaul the judiciary.
Netanyahu softens focus of Israel’s judicial overhaul
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced a softening of his hard-right government’s judicial overhaul plan, an apparent concession to more than two months of unprecedented nationwide protests and misgivings voiced by Western allies.
Wielding a parliamentary majority, Netanyahu had looked set to ratify the package of reforms by the Knesset’s April 2 recess.
However, most would now be shelved until it reconvenes on April 30, he and religious-nationalist coalition allies said.
The legislation still slated for ratification in the next two weeks would shake up Israel’s method of selecting judges – an issue at the heart of the reform controversy, with critics accusing Netanyahu of trying to curb the independence of the courts.