Skip to main content

Israel’s Knesset adopts first judicial overhaul bill despite US warnings

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heralded the passing at the Knesset plenum of the first bill of his judicial overhaul plan.
Israeli security forces use a water cannon to disperse demonstrators blocking the entrance of the Knesset.

Israel's Knesset on Monday afternoon adopted the first element of the government's controversial judicial overhaul plan, after hours of debates since Sunday morning.

The first element, called the "Reasonableness Clause," will prevent Supreme Court oversight over government decisions, including the nomination of ministers and other senior positions. 

Narrow majority

The Knesset vote took place despite protests across the country throughout the weekend, including thousands of people who marched by foot for two days from Kibbutz Nahshon to Jerusalem, nearly 30 kilometers (19 miles) away. Talks mediated by President Isaac Herzog up until the second and third decisive Knesset readings failed to reach a compromise.

Access the Middle East news and analysis you can trust

Join our community of Middle East readers to experience all of Al-Monitor, including 24/7 news, analyses, memos, reports and newsletters.


Only $100 per year.