National Unity Chief Benny Gantz says that mass protests against the government are having a real effect and leading officials to reconsider their planned dramatic overhaul of the judicial system.
Speaking at a meeting of his faction in the Knesset, Gantz says he “sees the enormous impact of the public outcry and demonstrations, and I’m starting to hear voices from among coalition officials who want to reach agreements and don’t want to ‘throw out the democracy with the bathwater.'”
“More and more right-wing people are talking about it, more and more Knesset members are whispering it in the corridors, and many ultra-Orthodox people understand the threat it poses to them in the future as a minority,” Gantz says.
Gantz notes that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has already softened his rhetoric when speaking to the international community.
“We are starting to see the cracks and Netanyahu is already speaking differently in English,” he says.