Israel, protests against Netanyahu

Unprecedented protests in Israel after Netanyahu sacke defense minister

Unprecedented protests in Israel have intensified in recent hours after controversial Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sacked the country’s defense minister, Yoav Gallant, after he spoke in favor of suspending Knesset approval of the controversial judicial reform that seeks to shield Netanyahu in power and prevent him from being prosecuted for corruption. Some 600,000 people took to the streets last night in all Israeli cities, especially Tel Aviv, Haifa, Beersheva and Jerusalem, where police used water cannons to prevent protesters from approaching Netanyahu’s residence. Even the President of Israel, Isaac Herzog, has called for an “immediate halt” to a judicial reform that seeks to limit the powers of the Constitutional Court and the number of times a prime minister can be impeached, and which has been described as a “blow to democracy” in Israel.