Tel Aviv witnessed a massive gathering of tens of thousands of protesters for the 25th consecutive week, vehemently denouncing the extremist policies of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s far-right cabinet.
The demonstrators marched towards Ayalon, the main highway in Tel Aviv, on Saturday, causing traffic disruptions until being dispersed by mounted police.
Signs held by the protesters, reading “Israel is burning” and “douse the flames,” symbolically represented their concerns about the perceived threat posed by Netanyahu’s proposed judicial overhaul plan.
The plan aims to diminish the Supreme Court’s authority to overturn decisions made by the regime’s cabinet or the Knesset. Additionally, it seeks to grant politicians more power in the selection of judges for the court.
Israelis Hold Fresh Anti-Regime Rallies for 24th Week
Tens of thousands of Israelis participated in fresh anti-regime rallies across the occupied territories, marking the 24th consecutive week of protests against Netanyahu’s government.
Amid ongoing negotiations on the proposed judicial reform, one protester quoted by Reuters stated, “Today, we are here to tell them that even though they continue with the legislation for judicial reform, we will never stop.”
According to Israeli media reports, approximately 95,000 demonstrators joined the Saturday rally in Tel Aviv.
These weekly demonstrations have been held since Netanyahu announced his plan to obtain Knesset approval for the overhaul.
Netanyahu’s cabinet, which includes members from his Likud party, as well as extremist and ultra-Orthodox allies, argues that the changes are necessary to balance power among the regime’s different governing branches.
Amid Anti-Regime Demos, Netanyahu Insists on ‘Judicial Overhaul’
Tens of thousands of Israelis continued their anti-regime demonstrations for the 24th week across the occupied territories, while Prime Minister Netanyahu remains determined to push forward with the so-called judicial overhaul plan.
Despite temporarily pausing the reforms in March due to public pressure and strikes, Netanyahu announced on Sunday that his cabinet would unilaterally advance elements of the plan.
During a cabinet meeting, Netanyahu emphasized the regime’s intention to take “practical steps” to “fix” the judicial system, disregarding the stalled negotiations involving opposition leader Yair Lapid and former minister of military affairs Benny Gantz.
Responding to Netanyahu’s announcement, protest group leaders issued a statement affirming their commitment to protest and disrupt any attempt to undermine the judicial system, ensuring its protection from harm.