Latest World News: Live | Israeli lawmakers approve controversial judicial reform clause

On Monday, Israeli lawmakers gathered in the Knesset for the key judicial reform bill that aims to undermine the justice system by limiting the ability of judges to overturn government decisions they deem not “reasonable”. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was undergoing surgery to install a pacemaker, came out to support parliament even as police outside used water cannons to disperse protesters.

President Isaac Herzog, who tried to broker a compromise after six months of weekly mass street protests, warned that “we are in a national emergency”. Critics fear the proposed judicial overhaul could undermine Israel’s liberal democracy by removing executive checks and balances, while the government says it must limit the overreach of justice.

Jul 24, 2023, 8:09 PM (REAL)

  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to address the nation.
  • Reports say Netanyahu will meet with army chief of staff

July 24, 2023, 7:26 PM (REAL)

Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, on Monday (July 24th) passed a key clause of a comprehensive judicial reform bill that aims to reduce the powers of the Supreme Court.

Called the Reasonableness Bill, it aims to strip the highest court of the power to declare government decisions unreasonable.

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Jul 24, 2023, 6:23 PM (REAL)

The bill passed with 64 votes in favor and 0 against, as opposition National Unity lawmakers boycotted the final vote on the bill in protest.

According to the law, the courts are prohibited from exercising any control over the reasonableness of cabinet and ministers’ decisions, including appointments and the choice not to exercise acquired powers.

July 24, 2023, 5:55 PM (REAL)

The first reading of the bill has been completed, and now it will be sent to the third and fourth reading of the bill are about to take place accordingly. Once the three readings have been completed, the bill will be proclaimed into law. Reports suggest last-minute compromise talks are still ongoing.

July 24, 2023, 5:31 PM (REAL)

At least 19 people protesting the controversial judicial reform bill in Jerusalem have been arrested, The Times of Israel newspaper reported.

July 24, 2023, 5:10 p.m. (IST)

July 24, 2023, 4:51 PM (REAL)

The last-minute compromise lawmakers are talking about is to halt the vote after the law’s second reading is approved and send it back to committee for review, Channel 12 reports, without a source.

After that, the law would then go back for its third and final reading, with text agreed in talks with the opposition, within a week. New judicial review legislation would be delayed for a year, in a bid to reach consensus.

However, Channel 12 reports that this last-minute consensus is unlikely to happen since the compromise is fiercely opposed by Justice Minister and architect of the judicial overhaul Yariv Levin and Israel’s National Security Minister Ben Gvir.

July 24, 2023, 4:43 PM (REAL)

Hectic negotiations are still ongoing even as Israeli lawmakers begin voting for a judicial overhaul.

Channel 12 reports that some ministers are engaged in intense last-minute debate to reach a compromise.

The broadcaster says Justice Minister Yariv Levin is at the forefront of opposing such a move, while Defense Minister Yoav Gallant is at the heart of the effort.

He further claims that coalition members have even consulted with legal experts on how it might be procedurally possible to craft a compromise even as the bill is being voted on.

July 24, 2023, 4:41 PM (REAL)

Thousands of Israeli protesters gathered in Jerusalem against a controversial judicial reform bill that is now the subject of a key vote. It will be a confrontation between the radical religious nationalist coalition and Israeli society.

July 24, 2023, 4:32 p.m. (REAL)

Netanyahu refused to meet with the chief of staff for a security screening ahead of the vote, the prime minister’s office claims. The appointment was scheduled in advance for 5:00 p.m., reports N12news.

July 24, 2023, 4:10 p.m. (IST)

Chief of Operations Directorate Maj. Gen. Oded Basiuk and Chief of Military Intelligence Directorate Maj. Gen. Aharon Haliva arrive to brief lawmakers on military preparedness as protests over the judiciary overhaul upend the ranks of the Israel Defense Forces, according to The Times of Israel newspaper.

July 24, 2023, 4:02 PM (REAL)

Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, began voting Monday (July 24) on key judicial reform.

According to the Times of Israel newspaper, the second and third readings to approve the law are expected to last about three hours.

Local media reported that negotiations on a compromise with the opposition collapsed minutes ago. The coalition is said to be keen to pass the bill in its current form and has refused to introduce a watered down version.

Channel 12 reports that Justice Minister Yariv Levin made it clear to Netanyahu during their talks just before the vote that if the law is not passed in its current form, the coalition will collapse.

Jul 24, 2023, 3:51 PM (REAL)

The hospital treating Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was released Monday ahead of a key vote on legal changes.

Netanyahu was rushed to hospital over the weekend for emergency pacemaker implantation.

The process went smoothly and he said he planned to be in time to vote on the first major piece of his government’s legal overhaul.

July 24, 2023, 3:50 p.m. (IST)

People protesting the key judicial reform bill lined up outside Israel’s Knesset on Monday (July 24th), as the country’s president led a last-minute bid for a compromise on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial judicial reform.

Police used a water cannon to disperse protesters opposing the legal campaign by Netanyahu’s nationalist-religious coalition that has plunged Israel into one of its worst crises in decades.

Some demonstrators disguised as judges, handcuffed to a rope, to show that: “Bibi wants to take all the judges under his authority to be released”, according to the demonstrator Galit Hermoni.

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