Israeli government in crisis, Netanyahu to speak on judicial plan
Written by Olarotimi Oshin on March 27, 2023
Israel’s President Isaac Herzog is calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the ruling coalition to halt its divisive judicial changes plan, “for the sake of the unity of the people of Israel, for the sake of responsibility”.
The appeal todayby the head of state, who normally does not get involved in politics, underlines the alarm that the proposals have caused and comes after a dramatic night of protests across Israel.
Israeli media outlets are now reporting that Netanyahu is expected to announce a to pause his judicial overhaul plan, despite calls from some of his ministers, such as the far-right national security minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, for him to not back down.
But the pressure on Netanyahu is mounting, with the country’s main labor union announcing a general strike, and calling for the prime minister to withdraw his plan.