Netanyahu to address the nation as speculations he may halt legislations spread

Netanyahu head from his defense minister and the chief of staff of security concerns both for the IDF and Israel's security in general; ousted minister and Shas leader Deri says will support the PM in whatever decision he makes

Itamar Eichner, Yoav Zitun, Moran Azulay|
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he would be addressing the nation on Thursday evening after he delayed his departure for London to the early morning hours on Friday fueling speculations that he may pull the breaks on his coalition's plans to change the balance of power between the equal branches.
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  • Defense Minister Yoav Gallant recently advised Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to suspend the advancement of a bill that provides the coalition a majority in the selection of judges.
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    Benjamin Netanyahu
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    The two men met privately a number of times lately and also heard from Chief of staff Herzi Halevi of his concerns over the repercussions of the government's legislative push on the IDF and on Israel's security.
    Galant said he would make a public statement himself but was summoned instead to Netanyahu's office and whether or not he will speak publically is not yet clear.
    Volunteers to some of the military's elite units, including the Airforce, said they would not serve a non-democratic regime, and some have already opted not to appear for service.
    Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia has resumed its ties with Iran and on Thursday, announced it would do the same with Syria.
    Netanyahu has come under extreme criticism from Israelis opposed to his judicial overhaul that they see as an assault on democracy and an effort to politicize courts.
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    Anti-government protests in Tel Aviv on Thursday
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    For nearly 12 weeks, mass demonstrations have taken place all over Israel as growing numbers of citizens join in the call to immediately stop the legislative process.
    On Thursday, protesters declared another day of disruption as roads were blocked, marches continued and at least 82 arrests were made in clashes with police.
    The protesters plan a mass rally in the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak later on Thursday, in protest of the Haredi parties in the coalition, supporting the weakening of courts for their political purposes, including an exemption for Haredi men from military service.
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    בנימין נתניהו, יריב לוין ושמחה רוטמן מפעילים שופטים כבובות על חוט - מחאה בכפר הירוק
    Protesters exhibit judges on a string in an installation on Thursday
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    But the prime minister has also heard strong condemnations from friendly leaders abroad and especially from the Biden administration, Israel's most important and dependable ally.
    After announcing Netanyahu's intention to speak to the Israeli public, the ousted minister and leader of the Shas party, Aryeh Deri who is Netanyahu's long-time political ally said he would back the prime minister in any decision he makes.
    Mrs. Netanyahu, who is perceived to be behind many of Netanyahu's policies and has been the subject of public ire, said she hoped to see broad public agreement.
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