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.