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Netanyahu advances judicial overhaul in Israel's Knesset

The government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took the first step in getting its judicial reform adopted by the Knesset.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara attend a toast for the new Knesset Speaker Amir Ohana (unseen) after the new government is sworn in at the parliament, Jerusalem, Dec. 29, 2022.

TEL AVIV — Israel’s parliament approved Monday night on a first reading several components of the government's judicial overhaul. The approval followed daylong protests throughout Israel, including a mass rally outside the Knesset building in Jerusalem and a march along its walls.

Sixty-three Knesset members voted in favor of two bills limiting the power of the Supreme Court to overturn unconstitutional legislation and offering the government more power in choosing judges. Forty-seven Knesset members rejected the bill, with several other opposition members absent from the plenum.

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