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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel has left the hospital following an urgent procedure to implant a pacemaker.

On Saturday night, Mr. Netanyahu was brought to the Sheba Medical Centre.

His hospitalisation comes before of a significant vote on contentious proposals to reform Israel’s court that is anticipated in parliament on Monday.

Israeli workers have vowed to strike if the change goes through due to widespread protests against it.

Following his operation, Mr. Netanyahu stated in a video that he was in “excellent health” and intended to attend the vote in parliament.

A clash between large segments of Israeli society and the hard-line religious-nationalist alliance will result from the referendum. On Sunday, the hotly fought bill to restrict the Supreme Court’s authority was introduced into Parliament.

Israeli opposition lawmakers began to speak on the floor of the legislature, urging with the administration to abandon its plans for judicial reform.

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Tens of thousands of demonstrators have filled the major highway in recent days as they marched against the reforms to the judicial system from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

After the four-day protest march, many demonstrators slept out at Jerusalem’s Sacher Park, close to the parliament.

As parliamentarians discuss and vote on proposals to curtail the Supreme Court’s authority, anti-government demonstrators camped out close to Israel’s Knesset, the country’s parliament.

If the bill is passed, there will likely be protests outside the parliament, and thousands of military reservists, including hundreds of air force pilots, have threatened to skip their mandatory military service.

A letter on Saturday that criticised the government’s proposals for judicial reform and supported reservists was signed by three former army chiefs of staff as well as several other prominent Israeli security personnel.

The letter claims that the law is tearing apart Israeli society, dividing the populace, disintegrating the military, and posing a grave threat to the country’s security.

10,000 reserve members’ organisation Brothers in Arms has expressed its displeasure with the government’s proposals.

One of Brothers in Arms’ commanders, Eyal Nave, remarked, “We’ve done everything; here is where we draw the line.

We promised to serve the kingdom rather than the king, according to Mr. Nave. He addressed Mr. Netanyahu directly and stated, “You and you alone are to blame for what is taking place here. Although we had trust in the government, it destroyed us.

Mr. Nave said, “I will not volunteer to serve in a tyrannical state.

This is seen as one of the most crucial points in the anti-government protest movement thus far since a boycott by such a sizable number would significantly affect the operational capacity of the Israeli military.

The sole body that checks the government’s use of its authority in Israel is the Supreme Court.

The change, according to Mr. Netanyahu’s detractors, will seriously erode Israel’s democracy by undermining the judicial system.

The Supreme Court has allegedly become more “activist” over the years, obstructing the initiatives of democratically elected administrations, according to proponents of the reforms. Judges are charged with making choices that are motivated by politics.

However, many are concerned that the prime minister, who is now charged with corruption but denies them, is attempting to exploit the judiciary reform to block his own legal difficulties.

Such claims are vigorously refuted by Mr. Netanyahu.

Former cabinet minister and current head of Israel’s Labour party Merav Michaeli claimed that “a tiny majority” of elected officials was “coming to really ruin the state of Israel.”


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