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News and updates about judicial reform

Israeli Ambassador to the UN:

'UN not the right place for protests against the government'

Ambassador Gilad Erdan says protests at the UN are needless since the decisions are made in Israel.

'UN not the right place for protests against the government'

Justice Min.: Judiciary is against most of the Israeli public

Justice Min. Levin to CBS: 'Judiciary is controlled by the elite, I want to balance its power.'

Justice Min.: Judiciary is against most of the Israeli public

Minister Levin:

'The Supreme court is above the government'

Justice Minister in interview with "60 Minutes": No democracy can accept a situation where the government won't be able to pass any bill.

'The Supreme court is above the government'

Anti-government protests:

Thousands to demonstrate at airport ahead of Netanyahu's flight

Anti-government protesters will meet PM Netanyahu at Ben Gurion Airport as he departs for the US.

Thousands to demonstrate at airport ahead of Netanyahu's flight

US supporters fume:

$20,000 to meet with the leader of the anti-government protests?

Anti-gov't protest organizations offer 'price list' fundraiser, enraging potential donors - and then backtrack, claiming 'editing mistake.'

$20,000 to meet with the leader of the anti-government protests?

Anti-government group meets with leading rabbi, Thomas Friedman

Members of reservist protest group hosted Merkaz Harav head Rabbi Yaakov Shapira and NYT analyst Thomas Friedman to discuss judicial reform.

Anti-government group meets with leading rabbi, Thomas Friedman

Coalition considering altered reform plan

The new plan would seek to combine elements of the original plan with parts of President Herzog's proposal.

Coalition considering altered reform plan

Herzog:

'There's broad support for a compromise'

President reveals he presented a compromise proposal to the coalition and the opposition on judicial reform.

'There's broad support for a compromise'

Nobel Prize winner: 'I will not take part in a civil war'

Prof. Yisrael Aumann claims that Israel is already in the midst of a coup - and that he will surrender rather than fight.

Nobel Prize winner: 'I will not take part in a civil war'

MK Kahana:

'Coalition made a mistake, now we need a compromise'

Kahana: 'It is clear that we need the judicial reform to balance the authorities, but we need broad consensus to prevent polarization.'

'Coalition made a mistake, now we need a compromise'

Gantz:

'If there is a way to reach agreements - I will be there'

National Unity chairman comments on Supreme Court hearing on the petitions against the reduction of the reasonableness standard.

'If there is a way to reach agreements - I will be there'

Likud to Supreme Court:

'Striking down Basic Laws crosses a red line'

Party warns justices striking down Reasonableness Standard law would 'remove sovereignty from the people.

'Striking down Basic Laws crosses a red line'

Justice Hayut:

'Only mortal blow to democracy justifies overriding Basic Law'

Supreme Court President tells A-G's representative: 'We can’t nullify Basic Laws every other day. '

'Only mortal blow to democracy justifies overriding Basic Law'

Israel considering formal protest against German ambassador

The Israeli government is considering a formal diplomatic rebuke after the German ambassador arrived at the Supreme Court hearing.

Israel considering formal protest against German ambassador

During Supreme Court hearing:

Justice Sohlberg blasts fellow Supreme Court justices

Supreme Court Justice Noam Sohlberg criticizes colleagues, urges them to 'be faithful to history.'

Justice Sohlberg blasts fellow Supreme Court justices

Watch: MK lashes out at judges from court gallery

Likud MK Tally Gotliv interrupted the hearing on the reasonableness standard and was rebuked by the Supreme Court president.

Watch: MK lashes out at judges from court gallery

The anti Judicial Reform protest movement is doomed to failure

The protest movement wants Israel to be a democracy, without its being a Jewish state. That will never go over. Op-ed.

The anti Judicial Reform protest movement is doomed to failure

Legal expert estimates: Supreme Court will invalidate Basic Law

Prof. Barak Medina estimates Supreme Court will invalidate amendment to reasonableness standard - but it won't change things significantly.

Legal expert estimates: Supreme Court will invalidate Basic Law

MK Rothman to Supreme Court:

'Even discussing this is a failure of the system'

Justice Amit asked that MK Rothman end his remarks in court after Rothman directed severe criticism at the judges.

'Even discussing this is a failure of the system'

Watch Live:

Hearing on reduction of the reasonablity standard begins

All 15 Supreme Court judges will rule on the reduction of the reasonability standard. The ruling is not expected to be published today.

Hearing on reduction of the reasonablity standard begins

Full Supreme Court to hear petition on reasonableness standard

All fifteen members of Israel's Supreme Court will hear petitions for and against the reasonableness standard law.

Full Supreme Court to hear petition on reasonableness standard

Activists bring a quarter ton of bananas to the Supreme Court

Im Tirtzu activists bring dozens of crates of bananas to the Supreme Court. 'A hearing that will be remembered as a disgrace for eternity.'

Activists bring a quarter ton of bananas to the Supreme Court

Watch:

'Don't believe Crime Minister Netanyahu' projected on UN

Anti-judicial reform activists project multi-story electronic anti-Netanyahu message on side of UN headquarters in New York.

'Don't believe Crime Minister Netanyahu' projected on UN

Thousands protest in front of Supreme Court ahead of key hearing

The Supreme Court is expected to rule tomorrow whether or not it has the authority to disqualify the reasonability standard law.

Thousands protest in front of Supreme Court ahead of key hearing

Ben-Gvir: 'Otzma Yehudit will not support negotiations'

Minister Ben-Gvir declared that his party would not support the renewed negotiations on the judicial reform at the President's house.

Ben-Gvir: 'Otzma Yehudit will not support negotiations'

President's Residence:

Negotiations on judicial reform deal between Netanyahu, Gantz

Mediation efforts between PM, National Unity Party chairman resume to reach agreement based on outline proposed by President Herzog.

Negotiations on judicial reform deal between Netanyahu, Gantz

Protesters clash with police outside Justice Minister's home

Dozens of protesters gather around home of Justice Min. Levin, block highway between Latrun and Modi'in.

Protesters clash with police outside Justice Minister's home

Coalition sources:

Compromise likely only after changes to Judicial Selection Cmte

Sources say Justice Min. Levin wants to change Judicial Selection Committee, but will be willing to compromise on the rest of the reform.

Compromise likely only after changes to Judicial Selection Cmte

Yair Lapid:

'The compromise proposal is too good to be true'

Opposition leader claims Netanyahu's compromise proposal on the judicial reform is intended to get him a meeting with US President.

'The compromise proposal is too good to be true'

New poll:

Party run by protest leaders would be a blow to Gantz and Lapid

According to the poll the current coalition got 52 seats while the opposition received 63, with Hadash-Ta'al in the middle with 5.

Party run by protest leaders would be a blow to Gantz and Lapid

Protest leaders hire US PR firm to fight Judicial Reform

Protest leaders, including former Director-General of Ehud Barak's office, hired a PR company to take action in the US against the reform

Protest leaders hire US PR firm to fight Judicial Reform

Anti-judicial reform group hires US PR firm

Blue and White Future, whose leaders include former Chief of Staff Ehud Barak, hires Trident DMG to help fight government judicial reform.

Anti-judicial reform group hires US PR firm

Netanyahu:

'Left-wing parties refuse to condemn calls for my death'

PM condemns chants of 'may you be in a cemetery next year' at anti-judicial reform protest.

'Left-wing parties refuse to condemn calls for my death'

Accidentally hit the gas:

Driver who ran over anti-reform protestors released

After left-wing MKs blame Likud, right-wing incitement for ramming incident, investigation finds incident was accidental.

Driver who ran over anti-reform protestors released

Justice Minister:

'The protesters have revealed their agenda in one sign'

Justice Minister Levin criticized one sign in particular at the recent left-wing protest in Tel Aviv.

'The protesters have revealed their agenda in one sign'

Minister Strock to INN:

'I'm in favor of negotiations, but against canceling the reform'

Minister Strock at pro-government rally: We are fighting for the right of the people to determine the path of the country.

'I'm in favor of negotiations, but against canceling the reform'

Confrontation - is a judicial coup next?

A democracy that can only endure by relying on an undemocratic institution is not a true democracy. It is a farce. Op-ed.

Confrontation - is a judicial coup next?

Thousands at pro-government 'Rally for Liberty'

Protesters are calling on the judges of the Supreme Court to rule that they do not have the authority to invalidate Basic Laws.

Thousands at pro-government 'Rally for Liberty'

Leading religious Zionist rabbis call for compromise on reform

Rabbis, yeshiva heads, and settlement leaders call on Knesset, government to accept President Herzog's judicial reform compromise.

Leading religious Zionist rabbis call for compromise on reform

Mass demonstration planned ahead of Supreme Court hearing

Supporters of the reform are expected to hold a rally in front of the Supreme Court calling for the court not to rule on Basic Laws.

Mass demonstration planned ahead of Supreme Court hearing

Ramat Gan official:

'We'll give priority to artists who support the protests'

Deputy Mayor Tzachi Zelika of Meretz promises to prioritize booking performances by artists who protested against the judicial reforms.

'We'll give priority to artists who support the protests'

Knesset Speaker:

'I wish to put a stop sign in front of the Supreme Court'

Knesset Speaker Amir Ohana discussed the possibility that the Supreme Court would unprecedentedly overturn a basic law.

'I wish to put a stop sign in front of the Supreme Court'

Simcha Rothman:

'Concern of bias and harm to appearance of justice'

Constitution Cmte. chair appeals after Supreme Court's top justice refuses to disqualify herself from discussion on reasonableness standard.

'Concern of bias and harm to appearance of justice'

Pres. Herzog:

'We must understand that if one side wins - we all lose'

Pres. Herzog addresses state memorial ceremony for the late Pres. Shimon Peres, stresses: 'There is no way to a solution without dialogue.'

'We must understand that if one side wins - we all lose'

In Berlin:

Singer criticizes artists who don't take stance on reform

Israeli singer-songwriter Aviv Geffen: I scoff at those who do not take any position and prefer to earn more money and more audiences.

Singer criticizes artists who don't take stance on reform

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Minister Chikli attacked by leftist activists in London

Leftist protesters yell at Diaspora Affairs Minister as he tries to enter offices of Jewish Agency.

Minister Chikli attacked by leftist activists in London

Smotrich: The Supreme Court is stealing our votes

Finance Minister says Supreme Court cannot invalidate a Basic Law ahead of rally outside the court.

Smotrich: The Supreme Court is stealing our votes

Netanyahu to Gantz:

'We can reach an agreement, let's talk'

Prime Minister Netanyahu sent a message to National Unity leader Benny Gantz urging him to 'do what the people expect of us'.

'We can reach an agreement, let's talk'

Supreme Court rules that President is not biased

The Supreme Court has ruled that Supreme Court president Esther Hayut will not be disqualified from ruling on the reasonability standard.

Supreme Court rules that President is not biased

Dozens of Rabbis call to join protest at Supreme Court

A joint letter says that 'every one of us must say that the Supreme Court cannot rule on Basic Laws."

Dozens of Rabbis call to join protest at Supreme Court

Religious Affairs Minister:

Haredim obligated to enlist - just like every other citizen

Min. Michael Malkieli speaks about Draft Law, says no intention to push for blanket exemption for haredi community.

Haredim obligated to enlist - just like every other citizen

Sources close to PM tell INN:

'No plan and no agreement on judicial reform'

'Only a paper signed by all sides constitutes an agreement - and everyone is very far from that,' sources say.

'No plan and no agreement on judicial reform'

MK Rothman to INN:

'Government needs AG, I'm not sure who Baharav-Miara represents'

'My way has never been to boycott anyone; disagreements can be harsh but at the same time we can hold discourse,' MK Simcha Rothman says.

'Government needs AG, I'm not sure who Baharav-Miara represents'

Yisrael Beytenu MK to INN:

'Israel will pay a heavy price over the Draft Law'

MK Oded Forer accuses the government of only caring about its own survival.

'Israel will pay a heavy price over the Draft Law'

Gantz:

'Attacks on the Attorney General are terrorism'

National Unity Party chairman blasts judicial reform, says "extremists seek to change our image by changing the judicial system".

'Attacks on the Attorney General are terrorism'

Ra'anana:

Confrontation between Likud activists and anti-reform activists

Left-wing protesters interrupt Likud conference and violently calsh with party activists as Minister Galit Distel Atbaryan enters the hall.

Confrontation between Likud activists and anti-reform activists

Netanyahu's associates to INN:

'There are no agreements yet'

Associates of Netanyahu respond to TV report that a compromise on the judicial reform is in the works.

'There are no agreements yet'

Constitution committee chair:

'I will respect any ruling of a court bound by the law'

MK Simcha Rothman caused uproar by insinuating he would not accept the Supreme Court's ruling to reverse the reasonability standard law.

'I will respect any ruling of a court bound by the law'

Judicial reform to be frozen?

Coalition and opposition resume negotiations on judicial reform

Sides resume talks at President's Residence, discuss softening Reasonableness Standard law, according to report.

Coalition and opposition resume negotiations on judicial reform

National Security Adv. appears to say protestors saved democracy

Tzachi Hanegbi, close ally of PM, says anti-judicial protestors stopped original plan, and so Israel will not become a dictatorship.

National Security Adv. appears to say protestors saved democracy