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Lapid proposes Herzog set up presidential committee for ‘balanced’ judicial reform

Incoming prime minister Yair Lapid (L) meets President Isaac Herzog at the President's Residence in Jerusalem on June 30, 2022. (Haim Zach/GPO)
Incoming prime minister Yair Lapid (L) meets President Isaac Herzog at the President's Residence in Jerusalem on June 30, 2022. (Haim Zach/GPO)

Opposition leader and former prime minister Yair Lapid says he has urged President Isaac Herzog to set up a commission to enact a “balanced” judicial reform.

Speaking at a meeting of his Yesh Atid faction in the Knesset, Lapid says: “I proposed to President Herzog that he form a presidential committee to offer a balanced and reasonable recommendation to improve the judicial system and find the proper balance between the legislative and judicial branches.”

“President Herzog is considering the proposal. I hope and believe the committee will be formed and will prevent the destruction of our democracy and the terrible division among the people of Israel,” Lapid says.

Lapid’s proposal comes amid widespread protests against the government’s plans to radically transform the judiciary, which critics say will undermine democracy.

The government says the reform is necessary to take back control from an overactive judiciary.

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