(MENAFN) Tens of thousands of Israelis gathered in Tel Aviv on Saturday to protest against a proposed overhaul of the country's legal system, which many believe would weaken the Supreme Court. The demonstration marked the 13th week of protests against the controversial plan, which has sparked widespread outrage and deep divisions within Israeli society. Protesters waved Israeli flags and held banners as they voiced their opposition to the proposed changes. Smaller rallies also took place in other towns and cities across the country.
The proposed overhaul, introduced by the right-wing government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, has been met with intense resistance from various sectors of society. While Netanyahu announced a suspension of the changes earlier in the week, protest organizers have vowed to continue their push for the plans to be scrapped altogether.
The controversy surrounding the legal system overhaul has plunged Israel into one of its worst domestic crises in decades. Business leaders, economists, and former security chiefs have all spoken out against the plan, warning that it could lead to wider authoritarianism and undermine the country's democratic foundations. Even fighter pilots and military reservists have threatened to refuse to report for duty in protest against the proposed changes. The uncertainty surrounding the legal system overhaul has also taken a toll on the country's currency, with the shekel experiencing a sharp decline in value in recent weeks.
As the protests continue and the debate over the legal system overhaul rages on, it remains to be seen how the Israeli government will respond to the mounting pressure from its citizens and the wider community.
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