(MENAFN- Trend News Agency) Protests against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's
judicial overhaul showed no sign of abating on Saturday, despite
its suspension by the embattled premier this week, as tens of
thousands took to the streets to demand it be scrapped entirely,
citing reuters .
Beset by the domestic upheaval and expressions of concern and
disapproval in Washington, Netanyahu on Monday paused the overhaul
to allow negotiations on a compromise between his
religious-nationalist coalition and opposition parties.
One of the main points of contention is the ruling coalition's
push for more power in appointing judges, including to the Supreme
Critics see the government's drive as a threat to the court's
independence and an attempt at a legal coup. Proponents say it is
seeking a less elitist, interventionist bench.
Netanyahu says reforms are needed to balance the branches of
government. His Likud party and political allies in the far-right
have been calling on their political base to stage counter
Israeli media estimated more than 150,000 people attended
anti-government protests nationwide on Saturday, the largest in
commercial hub Tel Aviv.
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