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Israel’s Netanyahu falls in polls, could abandon judicial overhaul

Pressured by security threats, bad polls and criticism from the White House, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tries saving whatever is left to save of his status.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives in Downing Street to meet Britain's Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, London, England, March 24, 2023.

TEL AVIV — Israeli security forces intensified their presence in Jerusalem Friday morning, as 95,000 Palestinians entered the city for the fourth Friday Ramadan prayers at Al-Aqsa Mosque. The Israel Defense Forces has also set up additional Iron Dome missile defense batteries across the country, in fear of rocket attacks either from the Gaza Strip or from the Lebanese border.

While security tensions intensify across Israel, so do the political internal tensions. The two issues are intertwined. Recent polls indicate a plunge in support of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, signs of disaffection are emerging from his hardcore base and he is persona non grata in Washington and other regional and world capitals. More so, the economy is on a dangerous downturn, with no stopping on the horizon.

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