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Israeli society facing flare-up over Netanyahu’s judicial shakeup

The two camps supporting the Netanyahu government’s judicial shake-up and those opposing it have resorted to aggressive words and threats.
Israeli protesters attend a rally against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's new hard-right government, Tel Aviv, Israel, Feb. 4, 2023.

Dozens of Israeli high-tech people are demonstrating in Tel Aviv on Tuesday against the judicial overhaul advanced by the Netanyahu government. Reports say that the demonstrators are blocking roads, ignoring instructions by police to go back to the sidewalk.

The chair of the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, Simcha Rothman, this week announced a timetable for voting on the government’s judicial overhaul, bringing closer the specter of violence between its opponents and advocates. Prospects of such a clash, which appeared unlikely just weeks ago, now assume greater likelihood as the government coalition barrels ahead with a legislative blitz that critics fear will irrevocably damage Israeli democracy.

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