Mass protests in Israel force the government to put a temporary hold on a controversial plan to reform the judiciary. What happens next?
For months, hundreds of thousands of Israelis have been taking to the streets across the country to protest what they say are far-reaching changes to Israel’s judicial system that threatens the country’s democratic foundations.
The reforms were first announced three months ago after the formation of Israel’s new far-right government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Joining the discussion:
- Amotz Asa-El is a senior commentator with The Jerusalem Post.
- Moien Odeh is an ethic Arab citizen of Israel and a human Rights and international law attorney.
- Ariel Kahana is the senior diplomatic commentator for the Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom.
- Simcha Rothman serves as chair of the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee.
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Israel is in the throes of a grave political crisis. For weeks, people have been protesting to oppose the government's plan to overhaul judicial rules, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced a delay in the plan on Monday.
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