Israeli Knesset Begins Final Vote On Judiciary Reforms

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Israel’s Knesset has begun the final debates and voting on the reasonableness standard bill which would limit the power of the Israeli Supreme Court to void government decisions it finds “unreasonable.”  The news comes as police used water cannons to disperse protestors who blocked roads to the Knesset building and as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu heads to the Knesset less than a day following his release from the hospital after a pacemaker implantation. Opposition leader Yair Lapid said in a speech, “this is a takeover by an extreme minority over the Israeli majority.” Israeli Justice Minister Yariv Levin said, “There are many reasons to see it as an important step toward restoring balance between the branches of government.”  Israeli President Isaac Herzog has been continuously talking with both sides trying to reach a compromise, even visiting Netanyahu in the hospital. The bill is expected to pass this evening.