Israeli Prime Minister Delays Judicial Overhaul After Passover Holiday

  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will delay the process for discussions on the controversial planned judicial overhaul to next month.
  • Parliament will go on recess next week for the Passover holiday.
  • According to a statement from the far-right and coalition member party Jewish Power, the legislation would be pushed to the next session of the Israeli parliament to "pass the reform through dialogue," Reuters noted.
  • Earlier this month, the Israeli president warned of chances of civil war while announcing alternative changes to the judiciary in response to a planned overhaul by Tel Aviv's far-right coalition that triggered mass protests in recent weeks.
  • Benjamin Netanyahu's hard-right government seeks to implement significant alterations to the nation's top court. This move has sparked domestic uproar and alarm among Israel's western allies. 
  • In February, Benjamin Netanyahu said he would be willing to mediate between Russia and Ukraine if asked by the relevant parties.
  • Netanyahu added that he was asked to be a mediator shortly after Russia invaded Ukraine in February last year but had to decline it because he was Israel's opposition leader then, not the prime minister.
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