Netanyahu Fires Israeli Defense Minister Who Criticized Controversial Judicial Reform Plan
Thousands protested in Israel after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired a defense minister who had called for delaying a controversial plan to limit the powers of the country’s Supreme Court.
Key Quotes: In a televised speech Saturday night, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant said the “internal rift” created by the judicial reform proposal was “a clear, immediate, and tangible danger to the security of the state,” and said "the legislative process should be stopped." Explaining the decision to fire Gallant, Netanyahu’s office said he "did not coordinate his words with the Prime Minister in advance and thus sabotaged efforts to reach a solution." The reform plan’s opponents condemned the decision; on Sunday, opposition leader Yair Lapid called Netanyahu a “danger to the security of the State of Israel.”
For Context: Netanyahu’s governing coalition is considering proposals that would, among other things, allow the Israeli parliament to override Supreme Court decisions with a simple majority vote. Thousands have protested against the proposals for weeks, and hundreds of members of Israel’s security forces said they would refuse to serve if the plan was implemented. The Biden administration has expressed “concern” over the plan on multiple occasions.
How the Media Covered It: Coverage was widespread across the spectrum. While Netanyahu is often a polarizing figure in U.S. politics, coverage on all sides included more quotes criticizing Netanyahu than supporting him.
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From the LeftNetanyahu fires minister who’d called for halt to controversial Israeli judicial overhaul
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired Defense Minister Yoav Gallant after he dramatically broke ranks and called for a pause in the government’s controversial drive to overhaul Israel’s court system.
“Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to remove Defense Minister Yoav Gallant from his post,” the Prime Minister’s office said in a statement on Sunday.
Gallant used a speech on Saturday night – when Netanyahu was out of the country on an official visit to the United Kingdom – to call for a halt to judicial reforms, which have sparked weeks of protests....
From the RightIsrael's Netanyahu fires defense minister over opposition to judicial overhaul
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired his defense minister after he warned that a planned judicial overhaul could fracture the country's military.
Netanyahu's office released a short statement on Sunday saying that the prime minister "has decided, this evening, to dismiss Defense Minister Yoav Gallant."
Gallant, a member of Netanyahu's ruling Likud party, said in a televised speech on Saturday that the judicial overhaul is "a clear, immediate and tangible danger to the security of the state."
From the CenterIsraelis stage emergency protests after Yoav Gallant's firing
Thousands of Israelis swarmed cities throughout the country Sunday night following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's firing of Defense Minister Yoav Gallant.
This follows Gallant's Saturday night speech where he urged for a halt to the judicial reform legislation, which he said was causing severe divisions within Israeli society and in Israel's security sector.
Thousands of protesters in Tel Aviv disrupted traffic by burning tires and placing barriers, stones and irons on the road outside the Kiriya on Kaplan junction and Highway 20, according to a police announcement.
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