‘A day of national mourning’: Opposition MKs decry advancement of overhaul

As the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee kicks off its debate of the judicial overhaul bills, opposition members decry today as a “day of national mourning.”

“Today is a difficult day for us and for many of Israel’s citizens,” says MK Orit Farkash-Hacohen of the center-right National Unity party.

Turning to committee chairman Simcha Rothman, she adds, “Despite your calls for dialogue, I have not found in this committee a hand extended in dialogue. I’m disappointed in the process here and in the results of this debate.”

President Isaac Herzog has been leading the push for a compromise agreement on judicial reform, but the initiative has so far seemed a nonstarter, with the government rebuffing opposition demands that it freeze the legislative process in order to engage in dialogue.

MK Simcha Rothman, chairman of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, leads a committee meeting in Jerusalem, on February 20, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

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