ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 148

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Right-wing rally held in Jerusalem in support of dialogue on judicial overhaul

Former head of the Shin Bet, Yoram Cohen, speaks at a protest against the Israeli government's planned overhaul to the legal system, in Jerusalem. February 18, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Former head of the Shin Bet, Yoram Cohen, speaks at a protest against the Israeli government's planned overhaul to the legal system, in Jerusalem. February 18, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

While tens of thousands are protesting at dozens of locations across the country against the judicial overhaul, hundreds of right-wing Israelis are gathering at the Liberty Bell Park in Jerusalem, calling for dialogue on the government’s plans.

Protesters hold signs reading, “Right-wing in favor of negotiations.”

Among the speakers at the protest is former Shin Bet chief Yoram Cohen, who says “the reform will change the face of the country.”

“It is not to improve the legal system, but to neutralize it,” Cohen says.

“The court and legal advisors are our safety belt. Sometimes it is uncomfortable, sometimes it presses, but it saves lives,” he says.

“The division created among the nation amid the discourse on the reform keeps me awake at night. Passing the reform in its current form, by force and without dialogue with all sections of society, will lead to disaster,” Cohen warns.

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