President Herzog to give ‘special address to the nation’ at 8 p.m.

Israeli President Isaac Herzog speaks at the Ashmoret conference in Tel Aviv, January 24, 2023.
Israeli President Isaac Herzog speaks at the Ashmoret conference in Tel Aviv, January 24, 2023.

President Isaac Herzog will deliver what his office bills as “a special address to the nation” at 8 p.m.

A statement from the President’s Residence doesn’t further elaborate on Herzog’s planned speech, but it comes amid an increasingly fractious debate over the government push to enact far-reaching changes to the judicial system.

Herzog has urged the sides to hold a dialogue on the proposed overhaul, which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and members of his government insist they are open to, though they have also pledged not to slow the legislative effort.

Herzog will be speaking a day before the coalition is planning to bring parts of the overhaul legislation to the Knesset for the first of its three readings, and with protest organizers urging opponents of the legislation to join a nationwide strike tomorrow.

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