The ‘civil war’ in Israel kept on happening? This decision of Netanyahu reduced the tension in the country
Netanyahu’s judicial reform plan was facing strong opposition in the country and a domestic crisis was brewing as people took to the streets.
Image Source: AP Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Tel Aviv: Has Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu saved his country from a ‘civil war’? In fact, with the postponement of the controversial judicial reform plan in Israel, the political opposition of the country embroiled with Netanyahu has started forming parties from Tuesday for talks. Netanyahu’s judicial reform plan was facing strong opposition in the country and a domestic crisis was brewing as people took to the streets. However, even this settlement is not looking easy and Netanyahu’s legacy is at stake.
Demonstrations were happening all over the country for 3 months
Nothing much has come out of this agreement amid an ongoing impasse over the fundamental issue of what kind of state Israel should be, and things are looking very bad. The protests against the judicial reform plan, which have been going on for the last 3 months, intensified this week. Israel’s main trade union declared a general strike, causing chaos and shutdowns across much of the country, even threatening to bring the economy to a standstill.
Netanyahu’s popularity decreased in the Likud party
Netanyahu, in his ‘prime time’ speech on Monday night, admitted that there is talk of division in the country and announced a month’s delay in bringing this law. However, within hours, analysts said the uproar since Saturday night’s sacking of the defense minister had further eroded Netanyahu’s popularity even within his own Likud party. Due to these incidents, Netanyahu, who has been ruling Israel for the longest time, has not many options left.
Tension eased after Netanyahu’s announcement
Yohanan Plesner, president of the ‘Israel Democracy Institute’, said, ‘He has understood that he has no other option. And the very experienced Netanyahu understands that now is the time to reform. The prime minister said in his address that he wanted to ‘avoid a civil war’ and would compromise with political opponents. Netanyahu said this after thousands of people demonstrated in front of the Parliament House in Jerusalem. His announcement may have eased some of the tension, but it has not solved the problems that are polarizing the Israeli people.
‘Netanyahu did not fulfill many of his promises’
Netanyahu is running the most extreme right-wing government in Israel ‘s history and his allies have vowed to implement this law. “I’m relieved, but skeptical,” Tel Aviv resident Fayga Gutman said Tuesday. He said that Netanyahu “made a lot of promises to us” over the years, but unfortunately he didn’t always keep all of his promises. However, the break provided by the announcement to the people of Israel is giving them an opportunity to reflect on the challenges ahead.
‘I feel good today, everything is calm’
Maor Daniel, also from Tel Aviv, said, ‘I feel good today, everything is calm since yesterday. Together we have to find a way to deal with this situation and live together. Netanyahu suspended the process of implementing the bill, saying, “When there is an opportunity to avoid civil war through negotiations, I, as prime minister, am taking the time to negotiate.” He resolved to reach an agreement on this in the summer session of Parliament starting from 30 April.