Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has left the hospital following an urgent procedure to implant a pacemaker.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leaves the hospital
On Saturday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was brought to the Sheba Medical Center.
His hospitalization comes before a crucial vote on contentious proposals to reform Israel’s court, which is scheduled to take place in parliament on Monday.
In Israel, there have been widespread protests against the change, and many employees have threatened to strike if it goes through.
Following his surgery, Mr. Netanyahu stated in a video that he was in “excellent health” and intended to attend the vote in parliament.
The referendum will essentially be a showdown between segments of Israeli society and the hard-line religious-nationalist alliance. On Sunday, Parliament started debating the hotly debated plan to restrict the Supreme Court’s authority.
Israeli opposition lawmakers began to speak on the floor of the legislature, urging the administration to abandon its plans for judicial reform.
Why is Israel in such disarray?
Tens of thousands of demonstrators have filled the main highway in the previous three days as they marched against the changes to the court system from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
After the four-day protest march, many demonstrators slept out in Jerusalem’s Sacher Park, close to the parliament.
If the law is passed, there will likely be protests near the parliament, and thousands of military reservists, including hundreds of air force pilots, have threatened to skip their mandatory military service.
A letter on Saturday that criticized the government’s proposals for judicial reform and supported reservists was signed by three former army chiefs of staff as well as numerous other prominent Israeli security professionals.
The letter claims that the law is tearing apart Israeli society, dividing the populace, disintegrating the military, and posing a grave threat to the country’s security.
10,000 reserve members’ organization Brothers in Arms has expressed its displeasure with the government’s proposals.
One of Brothers in Arms’ commanders, Eyal Nave, remarked, “We’ve tried everything; here is where we draw the line.
We promised to serve the kingdom rather than the king, according to Mr. Nave. He addressed Mr. Netanyahu directly and stated, “You and you alone are to blame for what is taking place here. Although we had faith in the government, it destroyed us.
Mr. Nave continued, “I will not volunteer to serve in a tyrannical state.
This is seen as one of the most crucial points in the anti-government protest movement thus far because a boycott by such a sizable number would significantly affect the operational capability of the Israeli military.
The sole body that checks the government’s use of its authority in Israel is the Supreme Court.
The reform, according to Mr. Netanyahu’s detractors, will seriously erode Israel’s democracy by undermining the judicial system.
The Supreme Court has allegedly become more “activist” over the years, obstructing the initiatives of democratically elected administrations, according to proponents of the reforms. Judges are charged with making choices that are motivated by politics.
However, many are concerned that the prime minister, who is currently charged with corruption but denies them, is attempting to exploit the judiciary reform to block his legal difficulties.
Such claims are vigorously refuted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
The leader of Israel’s Labour party, Merav Michaeli, a former cabinet minister, claimed that “a tiny majority” of elected officials was “coming to ruin the state of Israel.”