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Gallant welcomes delay of overhaul, after PM ousted him for urging the same step

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) and then-immigrant absorption minister Yoav Gallant hold a press conference at the Knesset, January 9, 2019. (Noam Revkin Fenton/ Flash90/ File)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) and then-immigrant absorption minister Yoav Gallant hold a press conference at the Knesset, January 9, 2019. (Noam Revkin Fenton/ Flash90/ File)

Ousted Defense Minister Yoav Gallant says he welcomes the decision to delay the judicial overhaul legislation in order to hold talks with its opponents, his office says in a brief statement.

The statement does not mention Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who announced the legislation would be paused.

Netanyahu in his speech also did not explicitly mention Gallant, whom he fired yesterday for calling to pause the overhaul.

Gallant is still technically the defense minister, as he has not received an official letter notifying him of his dismissal.

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