Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sacked a senior minister who called for a halt to a planned overhaul of the nation’s judiciary.
Israel’s defence minister sacked after speaking out
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired his defence minister a day after Yoav Gallant called for a halt to a planned overhaul of Israel’s judiciary that has divided the country.
Netanyahu’s government is pushing ahead for a parliamentary vote this week on a centrepiece of the overhaul – a law that would give the governing coalition the final say over all judicial appointments.
Tens of thousands of protesters have taken to the streets, military and business leaders have spoken out against it and leading allies of Israel have voiced concerns.
Defence Minister Yoav Gallant, a senior member of Netanyahu’s Likud party, became the first to break ranks late on Saturday by calling for the legislation to be frozen. Gallant cited the turmoil in the ranks of the military over the plan.