Defence Minister Yoav Gallant has backed an immediate and temporary halt to the Israeli government’s plan to overhaul the judiciary.
Israeli defence minister urges halt to judicial reforms
Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Galant has called for a halt to the proposed judicial overhaul that has riven society, in a major break with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“We must stop the process in order to start a dialogue,” Galant said in a surprise speech, saying Israel’s security was at risk.
He said he had heard disturbing comments from commanders in the army in recent weeks as tensions escalated over the reforms that would intentionally weaken the Supreme Court and hand more power to parliament.
Galant spoke of “anger, pain and disappointment of an intensity I have never experienced before”.