Israeli Air Force Reservists Protest Judicial Amendments: Defense Minister Calls for Postponement of Vote

Israeli Defense Minister Calls for Postponement of Controversial Judicial Amendments

After threatening more than 1,000 Israeli air force reservists to refrain from military service, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant has called for a postponement of the vote on the controversial judicial amendments.

Israel’s channel 12 quoted the defense minister as saying that judicial amendments in the country must be stopped.

Situation in Israel described as worrying

Yoav Gallant described the situation in Israel as worrying, after hundreds of pilots and reservists stopped serving to protest judicial amendments.

And 1,142 Israeli Air Force pilots and employees have announced the end of their reserve service, the Israel Telecommunications Authority reported on Friday.

In the letter they released, the reservists called for the legislation of the bill to be halted, writing: “to achieve broad agreements, strengthen the confidence of all segments of the people in the judicial system and preserve its independence.”

Efforts to reach consensus

Interestingly, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced yesterday, Thursday, that they are in ongoing efforts to reach a consensus on a bill with judicial amendments that is expected to be approved by the Israeli parliament next week, which has sparked protests and anger inside and outside.

“Also in At this moment, efforts are being made to reach a consensus,” Netanyahu said in a speech to reporters, adding: “I really hope these efforts are successful, but even if they fail, the door to the (ruling) coalition will always remain open” to the opposition, according to Reuters.

Voting next Monday

On Wednesday, opposition leader Benny Gantz called for talks supervised by the Israeli president to reach a compromise.

Interestingly, Knesset representatives are expected to vote next Monday on the first part of the amendments, known as the “reasonable argument law” law.

If parliament passes the bill, it would prevent the Supreme Court from overruling government decisions or appointments it deems “unreasonable”.

Supporters of the bill say it will restore balance between branches of government, while opponents say it undermines the vital principle of balance of power and oversight between them.

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