(MENAFN) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has announced the postponement of controversial judicial reforms that had triggered mass protests across the country. Netanyahu blamed the demonstrations on an "extremist minority" that he said is trying to divide Israel, but acknowledged the tensions that are building between the two parts of the nation.
The postponement of the reforms is a win for the protesters, according to Ferit Belder, an associate professor at Marmara University. However, he notes that there is no reason to expect immediate political consequences from this win.
Netanyahu has repeatedly called for dialogue on the issue of judicial reform, and he has suggested that the matter could be discussed again through dialogue in the near future.
The controversy over the judicial reforms has highlighted the deep divisions within Israeli society. While some see the reforms as necessary to ensure the independence of the judiciary, others view them as an attempt by Netanyahu to consolidate his power and undermine the rule of law.
The postponement of the reforms is a positive development, as it shows that the government is willing to listen to the concerns of the people and engage in dialogue. However, it remains to be seen whether this will lead to a lasting resolution to the issue or whether the protests will continue.
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