Netanyahu Announces Halt to Judicial Reform Amid Mass Protests in Israel

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he would delay his government’s judicial reform plans on Monday, March 27, amid a general strike in the country.

Early Monday evening, Haaretz reported Netanyahu said he would delay the plans and called it “the right thing to do.” The announcement comes after weeks of protests against the plans nationwide.

On Sunday, the prime minister fired Defense Minister Yoav Gallant over the controversial reforms, a day after Gallant had called for legislation regarding the government’s judicial overhaul to be paused, the Times of Israel reported.

Footage posted to Instagram shows crowds of people holding Israeli flags near the Prime Minister’s residence on Monday. Credit: @orenp14 via Storyful