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Ignoring protests, Israeli Knesset advances Netanyahu's judicial overhaul

Three major elements of the government’s judicial overhaul plan were approved at first Knesset readings, with second and third readings expected in the coming days.
 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Minister of National Security Itamar Ben Gvir react after sworn in at the Israeli parliament during a new government sworn in discussion at the Israeli parliament on December 29, 2022

The Israeli Knesset approved on the eleventh hour on Monday night, the first reading of three bills that are part of the government's controversial judicial overhaul plan even as hundreds of thousands of Israelis continue to protest against the move that would undercut the country's High Court.

Under Israeli law, in order for the bills to be enacted, they must be approved at two more Knesset readings, but Israeli Justice Minister Yariv Levin has set himself the goal of having the judicial overhaul plan adopted by the end of the month.

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