“Israel’s security will always be my life’s mission,” Gallant wrote on Twitter after his dismissal as the country’s defense minister Sunday night. Israel Times.
Opposition leader Yair Lapid responds to the prime minister’s decision to dismiss the defense minister and says, according to the newspaper, that “Netanyahu poses a danger to Israel.”
Lapid believes, according to the newspaper, that this is “a weak move for an anti-Zionist government that harms national security and ignores warnings.”
Avigdor Lieberman, another opposition party leader and former defense minister, stated in a Twitter post that “dictatorship is at its core”.
“The defense minister dared to express the deep concern of the security chiefs about the dissolution of the armed forces and the damage it could cause to Israel’s security. Instead of listening, Netanyahu chose to act like a dictator and silence voices.”
The much criticized bill means, among other things, that the Israeli parliament will be able to review Supreme Court decisions and that politicians will have more power over the appointment of Supreme Court justices. It is also supposed to protect Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accused of corruption, from being ousted.
Defense Minister said on Saturday That the bill sparked outrage divided Israeli society, including the armed forces.
He urged Netanyahu to rethink and engage in dialogue with critics to bring about reform that would gain broader acceptance.
– If one side wins, whether in the streets or inside the Knesset, the State of Israel is the biggest loser.
He was supported by his party colleagues
After the speech, Gallant received support from more of his party colleagues. Parliamentarian Yuli Edelstein, chairman of the Knesset’s Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and a member of Netanyahu’s Likud party, also called for the process to stop.
– We do not want to bury the reform, but putting it to a vote before we are sure that we will get support is a risk that we must avoid, says Edelstein in an interview with Israel Radio on Sunday.
Similar voices are also being heard from other Likud parliamentarians, Reuters reports, but few want to say how they will actually vote when the issue is decided.
On Saturday, massive demonstrations took place simultaneously in protest against the plans for the twelfth consecutive Saturday. According to the organizers, more than 630,000 people took part, nearly 300,000 of them in Tel Aviv.
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