Netanyahu Survives No-Confidence Vote as Angry Protests, Strikes Paralyze Israel Over Judicial Reforms
Protests in Israel over government's push for judicial reforms.
Arnon Bar David, Israel's Histadrut union chief, declared in a televised speech that "Stop this judiciary process before it is to late" and addressed Netanyahu directly. As airport workers strike, flights from Israel's Ben Gurion airport, Tel Aviv, have been suspended. Also, laborers at Haifa port, the largest port in Israel, have stopped working. For the past four months, protests have been held across Israel. They were sparked by anger over controversial judicial reforms that Netanyahu's government, which is the most right-wing in Israel history, had pushed. Monday's protests gained a new energy and were reported to have been the largest yet. They were triggered by Netanyahu's firing Yoav Galant, his Defense Minister, for opposing the planned measures. It is a remarkable figure that 600,000 demonstrators are participating. It means that approximately 6.5% of Israel’s population is protesting tonight. Many people literally woke up from their beds to hear Bibi firing Gallant," Monica Marks (NYU Abu Dhabi Middle East Politics Professor) wrote on Twitter. Netanyahu called the protests an attempt to "create anarchy" in order to trigger another election. Five snap elections were held in deeply divided Israel since April 2019,
600,000. This is a remarkable figure. "What has happened in the last 24 hours is madness. It is a loss control and loss of direction. It is a threat to Israel's security and the state of Israel. "I appeal to all Knesset factions and coalition heads to place the citizens above all else and to act responsibly without delay. Get to your senses immediately! Gallant was not directly referenced at the time of the announcement.