After night of mass nationwide protests, Herzog calls to stop legislative process

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Herzog calls for a halt to legislative reform: ‘Time for leadership and responsibility’

After a night of spontaneous protests across the country, President Isaac Herzog says in a statement that the government must “stop the legislative process immediately.”

“It is a matter of great concern to the entire nation. Security, the economy, society – they are all under threat,” says Herzog.

“The eyes of all the people of Israel are upon you. The eyes of the entire Jewish people are on you. The eyes of the whole world are on you,” he says.

Demonstrators took to the streets last night after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, after the latter said the judicial overhaul was endangering state security.

“For the sake of unity with the people of Israel, for the sake of due responsibility, I ask you to stop the legislative process immediately,” says Herzog.

“This is not a political moment, this is a moment for leadership and responsibility,” says Herzog.

Earlier this month, Herzog issued a proposal for judicial reform that was generally agreed upon. Opposition leaders cautiously accepted the plan, but the coalition immediately rejected it.

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