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    Israelis demonstrate again against judicial reform

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced that he will abandon a central plank of his much-contested justice reform. But that was not enough to convince his opponents who again took to the streets of the country on Saturday.

    The movement does not weaken. As every week for several months, Israelis took to the streets again on Saturday July 1 to protest against the judicial reform wanted by the government, a few days after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that he had abandoned a key provision of the controversial project. .

    In Tel Aviv, the demonstrators gathered like every week, brandishing banners on which one could read “save democracy”.

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    Although no participation figures were immediately released, the weekly demonstrations regularly bring together tens of thousands of people.

    Formed at the end of December with the support of far-right parties and ultra-Orthodox Jewish formations, the government of Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to pass a justice reform aimed at increasing the power of elected officials over that of magistrates.

    The announcement of the text in January gave rise to one of the biggest protest movements in the history of Israel.

    A provision on the process for appointing judges at the heart of the disputes

    The government believes the reform is necessary to ensure a better balance of power, but its critics see it as a threat to Israeli democracy and its institutional safeguards.

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    In an interview with the American daily Wall Street Journal broadcast Thursday, Benjamin Netanyahu said he had abandoned the so-called “derogation clause”, which was to allow Parliament to annul a decision of the Supreme Court by a simple majority. This highly criticized clause was adopted at first reading by Parliament in March.

    Another provision also adopted in first reading and which modifies the process of appointment of judges, is the subject of fierce disputes.

    Benjamin Netanyahu, who announced a pause in the project at the end of March to allow discussions with the opposition, promised on June 18 to advance work on the reform project which deeply divides the country.

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    A few days earlier, the two main opposition leaders, Yaïr Lapid and Benny Gantz, had announced that they were suspending their participation in the negotiations on the reform.

    With AFP

    Source: France 24

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