As Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu delays his contentious judicial overhaul plan, the defence minister he sacked for criticising the changes remains in his job.
Israel’s defence chief hangs on as Netanyahu hits pause
The Israeli defence chief whose dismissal by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brought the country’s political crisis to a climax is remaining in office until further notice, aides say, suggesting government indecision on how to proceed.
Beset by unprecedented nationwide protests at his nationalist-religious coalition’s signature plan to overhaul the judiciary, Netanyahu on Monday pressed the pause button and called for compromise talks with the centre-left opposition.
“We are in the midst of a crisis that is endangering the basic unity between us,” he said in a prime-time television address.
“This crisis necessitates that we all conduct ourselves responsibly.”