According to officials in his Likud party, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to declare on Monday the suspension of his coalition’s judicial overhaul legislation, following a night of widespread protests and the announcement of a general strike in many parts of the country.
Since the announcement of the plan to diminish Israel’s Supreme Court in January, the country has experienced instability and an unparalleled political and social crisis that has affected its economy, Axios reported.
On Sunday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to dismiss Defense Minister Yoav Gallant took Israel by surprise, especially after Gallant had called for the suspension of the legislation, citing concerns over the plan creating, “an internal rift that poses a clear and immediate threat for Israel’s national security.”
Following the dismissal of Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, spontaneous protests broke out throughout Israel.
Over 100,000 protesters blocked Tel Aviv’s main highway for hours on Sunday night, while thousands more gathered outside Prime Minister Netanyahu’s residence in Jerusalem and other cities across the country.
The protests continued on Monday, with approximately 100,000 people demonstrating against the government outside the Knesset.
Later on Monday, a far-right rally in support of the judicial overhaul was expected to take place in Jerusalem.
Netanyahu is expected to address the nation on Monday, as reported by Axios.