Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed Defense Minister Joaw Galant on Sunday, the Prime Minister’s office announced. Earlier, the minister appealed to the government to refrain from introducing changes to the judiciary against which thousands of Israelis are protesting.
Joaw Galant recently made a statement in which called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to stop the work on controversial changes in the judiciary. “The division in the nation has penetrated deep into the armed forces and those high in the structures of the defense forces – this is a clear and serious threat to Israel’s security. I will not allow it,” said the defense minister, quoted on Saturday by the Jerusalem Post. He also called for a compromise and asked the opposition to stop strikes by reservists of the armed forces and protests against the government.
On Sunday, the prime minister’s office announced in a statement that “Benjamin Netanyahu decided to dismiss Joaw Galant from the post of defense minister. Netanyahu said that he had lost confidence in the minister after his statements on Saturday.
The Israeli government wants changes in the judiciary
The Israeli government wants to introduce changes in the judiciary, which include increasing government control over the process of selecting Supreme Court judges, as well as the ability to overturn the judgments of this court by a majority of 61 votes in the 120-seat parliament.
Netanyahu said on Thursday that he would put all other matters aside and “do whatever it takes” to resolve the conflict between reform opponents and the government.
Protests in Israel
These plans mean that the country is facing the largest wave of protests in years. As a result of a deep rift in Israeli society, tens of thousands of demonstrators are taking to the streets of cities, arguing that the changes introduced by the government are not democratic. Also, an increasing number of Israeli reservists declare that they will not serve in the army if the announced changes in the judiciary are implemented.
– Defense Minister Joaw Galant has taken courageous and necessary actions for the security of the State of Israel – commented the opposition leader and former prime minister on the call to stop work Yair Lapid. “The reform of the judiciary greatly harms national security, and it is his (the minister’s) task and responsibility to stop the dangerous deterioration of the situation,” he added.
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