Protests, national strikes in Israel after Netanyahu fires defence minister

Tens of thousands of people burst into the streets around Israel on the night of March 26 in a spontaneous

Published on Mar 27, 2023 05:38 PM IST 7 Photos

Israelis opposed to Netanyahu's judicial overhaul plan seen setting up bonfires and blocking a highway after Gallant's dismissal, on March 26. Gallant had called on Netanyahu to freeze the plan, citing deep divisions in the country and turmoil in the military. (Ohad Zwigenberg / AP)

A protestor seen at a demonstration against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after he dismissed the defense minister Yaov Gallant, in Jerusalem, March 26.  Netanyahu's government, a coalition between his Likud party and extreme-right and ultra-Orthodox allies, has argued the changes are needed to rebalance powers between lawmakers and the judiciary.(Ronen Zvulun / REUTERS)

The unrest in Israel has been sparked by Justice Minister Yariv Levin’s proposals to shake up the judiciary by severely curbing the High Court of Justice’s judicial review powers. The overhaul, driven by Netanyahu, who is on trial for corruption, and his allies in Israel's most right-wing government ever, has plunged Israel into one of its worst domestic crises, AP reported. (Nir Elias / REUTERS)


Protesters clash with the police during a rally against the Israeli government's judicial reform in Tel Aviv on March 27. President Isaac Herzog on Monday appealed to Netanyahu to immediately halt his controversial judicial overhaul, warning that the move has put the country's security, economy, and society under threat. (Ahmad Gharabli / AFP)

Israelis seen blocking a highway in Tel Aviv, on March 27. About 600,000-700,000 Israelis joined the demonstrations across the country, PTI reported. Protesters in Tel Aviv lit large bonfires, while police scuffled with those who gathered outside Netanyahu's private home in Jerusalem.(Ohad Zwigenberg / AP)