Gantz Could Discuss Judicial Overhaul Deal Amid Reports Re: Possible Softening Of Reforms
National Unity leader Benny Gantz said that he could accept a compromise deal on the judicial overhaul provided that it would "preserve democracy" and called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to commit to respecting the High Court's imminent ruling on the "reasonableness law", a key part of the overhaul.
- Separately, oposition leader Yair Lapid said that the rumoured compromise is a ploy to "raise difficulties for the [High Court[ justices as they discuss the petitions" related to the "reasonableness law".
- This came after local news websites circulated reports suggesting that Netanyahu could offer a unilateral softening of his judicial overhaul ahead of the key High Court rulings and his visit to the US.
- The Times of Israel, citing local reports from today, notes that "Netanyahu has been holding a series of meetings with overhaul architect Justice Minister Yariv Levin in an attempt to reach an agreement with him."
- Apart from Levin, who reportedly threatened to bring down the government if Netanyahu softens the reforms, the key opponents of any compromise are leaders of Likud's far-right coalition partners Otzma Yehudit and Religious Zionism.