Ministers urge right-wingers to attend pro-overhaul rally

Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich and National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir are joining other government figures urging massive turnout at a right-wing rally planned for tomorrow, with both claiming wide support for the government’s plan to overhaul the judiciary.

“Tomorrow we will clarify in a clear voice that the nation supports the reforms and our votes will not be stolen,” says Ben Gvir, head of the hardline Otzma Yehudit party.

“Your support is very important ands significant to us. You are the ones who put the wind at our backs to continue with all our might,” he adds.

Communications Minister Shlomo Karhi (Likud) also joins in, saying attendees old and young will “ratify our mandate,” and claiming that “the democratic rules of the game are still the best way to settle disputes.”

The rally and expected demonstrations by anti-overhaul protesters mark the likely return to months of chaos seen as the government attempted to push its legislation forward, sparking huge demonstrations that only calmed once compromise talks were announced late last month.

The ensuing weeks had given way to calls for unity as Israel geared up for Memorial Day and Independence Day.

At a rally in favor of compromise outside the President’s Residence, Yaakov Amidror, a former aide to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, warns that without a deal Israel could descend into civil war.

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