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Israel's Netanyahu Fires Defense Minister Gallant After Calls to Halt Reform

© Sputnik / Aleksey NikolskyiIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers his speech
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers his speech - Sputnik International, 1920, 26.03.2023
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dismissed Defense Minister Yoav Gallant after the latter called on the Israeli government to halt the controversial judicial reform that sparked major nationwide protests, the prime minister's office said on Sunday.
"Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided, this evening, to dismiss Defense Minister Yoav Gallant," Netanyahu's office tweeted.
Netanyahu reportedly told Gallant that he lost his trust in the defense minister after Gallant "went behind the government's back" on Saturday during Netanyahu's visit to the United Kingdom, the Jerusalem Post newspaper reported.
Israeli Minister of Defence Yoav Gallant speaks during a joint statement with his U.S. counterpart, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin following their meeting at Ben Gurion International Airport in Thursday, March 9, 2023.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 26.03.2023
Israel’s Defense Minister Says Judicial Overhaul Must Be Stopped
"The security of Israel has always been and will remain my lifelong mission," Gallant said on Twitter in response to his dismissal.
Gallant became the first key Israeli minister to call for a halt of the reform. He stressed that there was a growing rift in Israeli society that was also penetrating the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) and the country's security agencies.
Israeli police scuffle with demonstrators blocking a highway during a protest against plans by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government to overhaul the judicial system in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday, March 25, 2023.  - Sputnik International, 1920, 25.03.2023
Hundreds of Thousands Protest Against Judicial Reform in Israel
Thousands have been protesting against the judicial reform in Israel for almost 11 weeks now. The draft law presented by Justice Minister Yariv Levin in January, if adopted, will significantly curtail the powers of the Israeli Supreme Court and give the government control over the procedure of the appointment of judges.
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