James Jay Carafano
In a speech to the nation, Netanyahu announced that he will delay the introduction of the controversial judicial reform law.
Massive protests continue in Israel. Prime Minister Netanyahu abruptly fired his defense minister over challenging the government’s judicial overhaul plan. The unrest deepened a month-long crisis over the government’s plan to overhaul the judiciary (which has to be approved by parliament). The Israeli president has called on the Prime Minister to suspend the plan. The entire county is paralyzed by massive competing protests. Hundreds of thousands are protesting or participating in the strikes. Traffic is completely deadlocked, and flights are being cancelled due to strikes.
What’s the significance of the protests? In addition to concerns within the country, the chaotic domestic situation occurs at the same time the tensions between Iran and Israel are escalating over the Iran nuclear program. Meanwhile, last week U.S. bases in Syria were attacked by Iranian-backed militias. Together, these incidents, along with ongoing confrontations with the Palestinians, make for a tense and unstable situation in the region and heighten security concerns.