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Israel passes controversial law that limits Supreme Court’s power

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The Israeli parliament has passed a law that restricts the ability of the Supreme Court to overturn decisions made by the government. The law, which was approved by a 64 to 56 vote on Monday, prevents judges from striking down government decisions on the basis that they are “unreasonable”. The law is part of a broader judicial overhaul plan proposed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his far-right allies, who claim that the changes are necessary to curb the powers of unelected judges and give more authority to elected officials.

However, the law has sparked massive protests across the country, with critics accusing Netanyahu and his coalition partners of undermining the independence and oversight of the judiciary. They argue that the law is motivated by personal and political interests, as Netanyahu is facing corruption charges and his allies have controversial agendas such as expanding West Bank settlements, annexing occupied territories, and limiting the rights people and Palestinians. Protesters have also expressed concern that the law will erode the system of checks and balances in Israel, which does not have a formal constitution, and push the country toward authoritarianism.

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