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Israeli PM Netanyahu, under pressure from military brass, delays judicial overhaul

The dramatic developments in Israel in the past 48 hours seemed to have pushed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to put a pause on the judicial changes.
Mounted Israeli police stand guard as protesters gather outside Israel's parliament in Jerusalem amid ongoing demonstrations and calls for a general strike against the hard-right government's controversial push to overhaul the justice system, on March 27, 2023. (Photo by HAZEM BADER / AFP) (Photo by HAZEM BADER/AFP via Getty Images)

TEL AVIV — Tens of thousands of Israelis demonstrated Monday afternoon outside the Knesset in Jerusalem, calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to halt the judicial overhaul advanced by his government. Israel’s major labor union Histadrut called Monday morning for a general strike across the country.

On Monday evening, Netanyahu finally decided to pause the legislation’s progress, according to a statement by the nationalist Jewish Power party, one of the coalition partners. Ynet reported earlier in the day that associates of Netanyahu had already informed the US administration of Netanyahu’s intentions.

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