Netanyahu says judicial reform legislation to resume this week after talks break down

Premier says government will take 'responsible and measured' steps to advance process and blames Lapid and Gantz for the breakdown of talks at President's Residence, which he calls a 'charade' designed to stall for time
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Sunday that his government will “take practical steps to reform the justice system” as early as this week after negotiations on the controversial legal plan with opposition parties at the President’s Residence collapsed last week.
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Speaking at the opening of the weekly Cabinet meeting, the Likud chairman said that those steps will be taken "in a responsible and measured manner," but "in accordance with the mandate we received."
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בנימין נתניהו
בנימין נתניהו
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
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Netanyahu blamed Yair Lapid and Benny Gantz for the breakdown of talks. "What was proven last week is that Gantz and Lapid played games with me. It was a charade of talks for three months, but the intention was to stall for time," he said.
Both opposition leaders announced their pullout from the talks after the coalition reneged on past agreements and unsuccessfully attempted to push back a vote on the makeup of the committee for the selection of judges.
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יאיר לפיד
יאיר לפיד
Opposition leader Yair Lapid
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Lapid responded on Twitter: "If Netanyahu proceeds with the one-sided judicial overhaul as he declared, he will discover that he is the prime minister of less than half of the Israeli people, with less than half of the economy, less than half of the security and less than half of the Knesset."
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