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Israel Netanyahu accused of 'eliminating democracy' amid judicial reform row

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem [Israeli Parliament (Knesset)/Anadolu Agency]
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem [Israeli Parliament (Knesset)/Anadolu Agency]

Israeli opposition leader, Yair Lapid, on Monday, accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of "eliminating democracy" in Israel amid a row over a proposed judicial reform, Anadolu News Agency reports.

"This is not judicial reform, this is extreme regime change […] this is cutting Israel off from the family of liberal countries," Lapid said on Twitter.

Lapid, a former premier, warned that the proposed changes would allow the current coalition government to silence any person who goes against it and would turn the judges into politicians.

"The judges will be the judges of the government," Lapid said in a meeting for his Yesh Atid (There is Future) Party.

Justice Minister, Yariv Levin, plans a comprehensive reform of the judicial system which, if enacted, would be the most radical change ever in the system of government in Israel.

READ: Netanyahu supports controversial judicial overhaul

The proposed changes will severely limit the power of the Supreme Court of Justice, and give the government the power to choose judges, and end the appointment of legal advisers to ministries by the Attorney General.

On Sunday, Netanyahu defended the proposed judicial reform, saying the changes aim to "represent the voters' will."

The planned judicial reform was also decried by former Defence Minister, Benny Gantz, who said the changes would lead to "civil war", and will have "a fatal impact" on Israel's national security.

Netanyahu's government was sworn in on 29 December, following elections in November, which gave his right-right bloc a simple majority to form a new government.

Ben-Gvir is seeking a prominent spot within Netanyahu's next coalition - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/Middle East Monitor]

Ben-Gvir is seeking a prominent spot within Netanyahu's next coalition – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/Middle East Monitor]

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