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Netanyahu’s Court Plan Is on Track Despite Defense Chief Dissent

  • Two key Likud lawmakers say they will back the overhaul
  • Defense minister Gallant said country’s security is at risk
Benjamin Netanyahu
Benjamin NetanyahuPhotographer: Sean Gallup/Getty Images

A contentious plan to reduce the power of Israel’s Supreme Court appeared on track for passage this week despite a dramatic speech Saturday night by Defense Minister Yoav Gallant calling for a freeze to the overhaul in the name of national security.

The legislation, which has prompted demonstrations by opponents and divided Israeli society, is split up into a series of bills. Two key members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party said that while a pause might be preferable, they plan to support the latest bill when it comes up for a vote that’s expected this week.