Netanyahu Survives No-Confidence Vote Amid Israel Protests
Netanyahu survives no-confidence vote amid Israel protests. The government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu survived a no-confidence vote in the Knesset, the country’s parliament, amid what is possibly the largest wave of demonstrations in Israel’s history.
Mass protests are rocking Israel, and the country’s largest labor union announced a major strike Monday, in opposition to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s months-long attempt to push through widely-derided judicial reforms that opponents say will pull the country toward autocracy.
Dozens of flights out of Israel’s Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv have been suspended, as airport workers go on strike, and laborers at Haifa and Ashdod ports — the two largest ports in Israel — have also stopped working.
McDonald’s Israel says it has closed branches as part of the strike action. Demonstrations have taken place across Israel for the last four months, sparked by anger at controversial judicial reforms pushed by Netanyahu’s government, the most right-wing in Israel’s history.
The proposed changes would award executive control over appointing judges to the Supreme Court, as well as entitle the government to supersede court rulings through a parliamentary majority.
Monday’s demonstrations took on a new fervor and are reported to be the biggest yet, triggered by Netanyahu’s firing of his Defense Minister Yoav Gallant for speaking out against the planned measures. Local newsoutlets are reporting that a whopping 600,000 people have come out to protest across the country.
The massive protests and strikes across Israel are a reaction to Netanyahu’s months-long attempt to push through judicial reforms that would significantly weaken the country’s judiciary and make it harder to remove Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister, from power.
These reforms have been met with opposition from many current and former politicians, military officials, and business executives in the country, who express genuine fear over the Israeli leader’s actions.
600,000 demonstrating is an extraordinary figure. It means approx 6.5% of Israel’s population is out protesting tonight, many having literally woken up from their beds when they heard Bibi fired Gallant.- Monica Marks, a Middle East politics professor at NYU Abu Dhabi.
Huge protests in Israel 'force Netanyahu to pause judicial reforms'
“We’ve never been closer to falling apart,” Israel’s former Prime Minister Yair Lapid told lawmakers on Monday.
“What’s happened here in the past 24 hours is madness, it is a loss of control and a loss of direction... It is proof that this government has lost its brakes,” he said, calling on Netanyahu to walk back his firing of his defense minister.
As Israel faces its largest wave of protests and strikes, the unity of the people of Israel and the future of the country hang in the balance.
With the government's attempt to push through controversial judicial reforms and the firing of Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, there are concerns over the stability of the government and the security of Israel.
As the country moves forward, it remains to be seen whether the government will listen to the voices of the people and work towards a solution that benefits all Israelis.