Judicial Reforms lead to one of the biggest protests in Israel
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Israel has once again seen tens of thousands of protesters demonstrate against the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's proposal for judicial reform.
Netanyahu, who had planned to leave on an official visit to Rome, had to be flown by helicopter after one of the roads leading to one of Tel Aviv's main airports was blocked by protesters.
The huge fights in Israel against the legal change advanced by the new traditional administration of Benjamin Netanyahu grow consistently to new areas of society and as of now incorporate significant heads of culture, the economy, equity and, surprisingly, the Military.
The measures, according to Netanyahu and his allies, are meant to control a court that has gone too far. The overhaul, according to critics, will weaken the Supreme Court's supervisory function and upset the country's delicate system of checks and balances.
What began as isolated demonstrations in Tel Aviv, a liberal and combative city, has developed into a massive protest movement that attracts tens of thousands of participants weekly from nearly the entire nation.
The most recent one, which took place on Saturday, drew more than 250,000 people from all over the country, including 160,000 people from Tel Aviv alone. On Thursday, new protests are taking place with participants shouting "democracy" and "no to dictatorship."
A recent survey found that 66% of Israelis oppose the government's plans to reform the judicial system.
Israel's justice minister, Yariv Levin, unveiled the government's plan to overhaul the country's legal system in the first week of January.
The goal of this proposed legislation is to make the government more involved in the committee that picks judges. Judges are currently chosen by a committee of politicians, judges, and lawyers.
According to organizers, as many as 5,00,000 people participated in the protests on Saturday, of which 2,40,000 gathered in Tel Aviv. The new system would grant the lawmakers "a majority in the committee, with most coming from the right-wing and religiously conservative ruling coalition."
According to Israeli media, a record number of 50,000 people demonstrated in the northern city of Haifa, and another 10,000 people gathered in Beersheba.
According to AP, there has been widespread opposition to the proposed legislation, including statements from business leaders and legal officials.
According to Vox, former prime minister and opposition leader Yair Lapid and former justice minister Tzipi Livni have also been participating in the protests. Ehud Barak is one of the country's most decorated military leaders.
Lapid said that this was Israel's "greatest crisis" at one of the rallies on Saturday. Critics worry that the proposed legislative overhaul would weaken the country's checks and balances and give unfettered power to the prime minister and his allies.
According to Al Jazeera, opponents also believe that the new reforms may provide Netanyahu, who is being tried for corruption, with an "escape route" from the charges. All of the claims have been refuted by the prime minister.
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