Knesset to vote on key measure of government’s judicial reform bill

At government insistence, the Knesset on Monday holds its first reading of the measure designed to revoke  the “reasonable” criterion wielded by the High Court for its intervention in government appointments and decisions. PM Binyamin Netanyahu says he will moderate the measure, a key element of the judicial reform program, for its the second and third readings. The opposition, after 27 days of rallying against the reforms, threatens to accompany legislation on Tuesday with the most extreme disruptions ever.  President Herzog says it is imperative for the two sides of the debate to resume negotiations for an agreed format.  Refusal to do so would be a “historic blunder” and result in an “irreversible rift within Israel society.”


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