June 18 (EUROPA PRESS) –
Some 100,000 people have taken to the streets in Israel this Saturday for the 24th consecutive week to protest against the judicial reform promoted by the country’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.
The protests, which have taken place in some 150 towns in the country, have taken place after a week in which the Knesset (the Israeli parliament) validated the opposition candidate as a member of the Judicial Appointments Committee, one of the conditions requested by the opposition to resume negotiations on judicial reform.
However, attempts to delay the convening of the commission until the Knesset appoints a second member after the rejection of the government candidate has led to the opposition deciding to withdraw from negotiations with the government, The Times newspaper has published. of Israel’.
“The attempt to delay the convening of the committee — of judicial appointments — is yet another proof of the attempted revolution against which we have been fighting for months,” said acting head of the Israel Bar Association (IBA), Amit Becher, during the demonstration.
“This is an attempt to destroy the independence of the judicial system, to appoint political judges and to control the chief justice and destroy democracy,” added Becher, who is also running in next week’s leadership elections. from the IBA.
In addition, he has ensured that the victory of the government candidate, Efi Nave, will give the government “total control over the appointment of judges.”
Israel has experienced weeks of continuous protests against the judicial reform promoted by Netanyahu, whose objective is to give control of the Judicial Appointments Committee to the government party or coalition, which could also order the dismissal of judges in all courts, since the aforementioned body it has the authority to do so, without the need for a consensus with the representatives of the judicial apparatus.