Israelis take part in mass anti-government rallies – Middle East Monitor

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Thousands of Israelis joined several rallies across Israel on Saturday to protest the government’s controversial plans to change the judicial system, Anadolu reports.

According to the Times of Israel, nearly 195,000 Israelis took part in the main protest that took place in Tel Aviv and rallies in other Israeli cities joined thousands of protesters.

The rallies came when Israel’s Defense Minister Yoav Gallant asked early Saturday that the government’s plans for judicial reform be put on hold until next month to give room for talks on the issue.

Gallant also asked the opposition parties to immediately stop the rallies.

Israel has seen mass protests in recent weeks over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government’s plans for judicial reform, which the opposition sees as an attempt to shrink the powers of the judiciary in favor of the executive.

READ: Israel’s defense minister calls for judicial reform to be halted

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