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General strike in Israel, Netanyahu under pressure to freeze judicial overhaul

Spontaneous rallies have been taking place across Israel since Sunday night, including some violent confrontations with police, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu decided to fire Defense Minister Yoav Gallant.
Protesters clash with the police during a rally against the Israeli government's judicial reform in Tel Aviv, Israel on March 27, 2023. - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on March 26, 2023 fired Defence Minister Yoav Galant a day after he broke ranks, citing security concerns in calling for a pause to the government's controversial judicial reforms. On a day when 200,000 people took to the streets of Tel Aviv to protest the reforms, Galant -- who had been a staunch Netanyahu ally -- on Saturday sai

Israel’s largest labor union announced on Monday a general strike over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s judicial overhaul, as flights were disrupted, universities and shopping malls closed. The move that cripples a large part of the Israeli economy comes as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly expected to announce Monday afternoon or evening the suspension of the legislative process of the controversial plan. 

Israel's public broadcaster KAN, Ynet news and other Israeli outlets reported Monday morning that Netanyahu is considering the announcement to freeze the plan, and made that clear during a meeting with his cabinet ministers. The judicial overhaul plan has drawn Israel into a wave of unprecedented protests since December. The plan would undermine the power of the High Court and give the government the power to appoint judges. 

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