Greater Middle East (bbabo.net), - Thousands protested against the government of Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv. This was announced today, January 15, by the Anadolu Agency.
According to police estimates, about 80 thousand people took part in the demonstration in Tel Aviv. It was initiated by the Movement for the Purity of Power and other organizations that have been involved in protests against Netanyahu in recent years. Protests are also raging in several Israeli cities.
The protests are mostly directed against plans by Justice Minister Yariv Levin to deliberately weaken the country's judiciary. This is the largest demonstration to date against the new government, which was sworn in at the end of December 2022. Protests also took place in Haifa and Jerusalem.
The Netanyahu government is planning far-reaching reforms of the judiciary. A majority in Parliament will be able to pass the law even if the Supreme Court finds it contrary to the Basic Law.
Justice Minister Levin also wants to change the composition of the body that appoints judges. For example, he accuses the Supreme Court of excessive interference in political decisions.
Israel's Supreme Court Chief Esther Chauth had previously warned in an unusually blunt manner of speaking about a "death blow" to judicial independence.
According to her, as a result of the planned reforms, "the democratic identity of the country will be completely distorted." Levin then accused the head of the Supreme Court of siding with the opposition.
Far-right Israeli National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir announced a crackdown on demonstrators earlier in the week.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government is the most right-wing government Israel has ever had.
bbabo.net previously reported that former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak called on Israelis to engage in "street fighting" to overthrow Netanyahu:
“The outcome of the struggle will be decided by demonstrations in the streets, squares, workplaces and educational institutions, as millions of people must take to the streets. This evil government will collapse. The fight has begun. This is a real warning... This is an imminent danger to Israeli democracy. Bad things happen when good citizens are silent. Every good citizen who seeks life in this community must ask himself: where am I in the midst of this struggle? For many of us, this battle will be the most important thing in our lives. It will be difficult".