(MENAFN) Israeli government coalition and opposition parties held their first meeting on Tuesday to discuss potential compromises over controversial judicial reform plans, according to President Isaac Herzog's office. The meeting included representatives from the Likud Party, led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as opposition parties such as Yesh Atid, led by Yair Lapid, and the National Unity party, led by Benny Gantz. The parties did not disclose the outcome of the meeting.
Yesh Atid issued a statement stating that they expect the legislation introduced at night in the Knesset to be dropped in order to start a discussion on a blank page. The party emphasized the importance of agreeing on principles that reflect the national consensus of the citizens of Israel. The opposition's participation in the meeting reflects their commitment to finding a compromise that addresses the concerns of all parties involved.
The judicial reform plans have triggered mass protests in Israel over the past 12 weeks, with many citizens expressing concerns about the potential impact on the country's democratic institutions. The proposed reforms would have given politicians greater control over the appointment of judges and weakened the power of the Supreme Court. Critics argue that this would undermine the independence of the judiciary and threaten the rule of law.
On Monday, Prime Minister Netanyahu announced a temporary suspension of the controversial judicial reform plans, citing the need for further discussions and compromises. The decision to hold a meeting between the government and opposition parties represents a significant step towards finding a solution that addresses the concerns of all stakeholders. The outcome of this meeting will be closely watched by citizens and politicians alike, as they seek to ensure that Israel's democratic institutions remain strong and independent.
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