Israel's Parliament Passes First Judicial Overhaul

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    The Facts

    • Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, passed a key bill on Monday that's the first part of the government’s judicial reform plan that has stirred massive protests and controversy throughout the country. With the opposition boycotting the final vote, the first bill of the series of reforms passed 64-0.

    • Monday’s vote strips the Israeli court system of its power to strike down government decisions it deems “unreasonable.” Critics say the bill is undemocratic and seeks to erode Israel’s balance of power, while proponents say the government is looking to rein in an overzealous judiciary.

    The Spin

    Left narrative

    Netanyahu and his far-right government are holding Israel hostage as they look to transform the country’s judiciary and strip it of its power. Israel claims to be a democracy, but everything that's transpired in recent months suggests it's the furthest thing from a democracy. Israel is slipping further and further into a fascist dictatorship as the far right looks to solidify its power without the intention of ever letting it go.

    Right narrative

    While the opposition may claim to have popular support in opposing the government’s judicial reforms, they don’t realize that they are in the minority for a reason. Most Israelis stand with Netanyahu and his pro-Israel party, and they don’t want a politicized Supreme Court to overstep its bounds and interfere with legitimate legislation. A real democracy allows the people to support the politicians and policies that they want, even if those politicians happen to be on the right.

    Nerd narrative

    There is a 1% chance that a civil war will break out in Israel before 2024, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

    Political split



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