Netanyahu Halts Judicial Reform Action After Opposition Pushed Israel to the Brink


JERUSALEM, Israel – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the nation Monday night and put his government’s judicial reform legislation on hold until after the month-long Knesset Passover recess. Some are saying the long assault by those opposing reform caused a deep division within the country, bordering on civil war. Meanwhile, the prime minister’s political and media adversaries blame the fight on him.

In his address, Netanyahu said he wanted to avoid splitting the nation in two.

“When there’s an opportunity to avoid civil war through dialogue, I, as prime minister, am taking a timeout for dialogue,” he said. “I give a real opportunity for a real dialogue. We insist on the need to bring about the necessary corrections in the legal system and we are given an opportunity to achieve a broad consensus. This is a very worthy goal.”

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