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Netanyahu Blasts Judicial Overhaul Opponents for Silencing Free Speech

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has accused the left-wing opposition of silencing government lawmakers’ free speech after they were barred from speaking at Tel Aviv University.

Age of Israel report:

Prime Minister Netanyahu made comments a day after anti-government protesters. flew a heckler Religious Zionist MK Simcha Rothman was one of the architects of the overhaul plan and was forced to leave at an event in Tel Aviv. Prime Minister Netanyahu also cited several other incidents in which anti-overhaul demonstrators disrupted events involving coalition lawmakers.

“In the name of democracy, in the name of freedom of expression, they blocked Simcha Rothman from speaking at Tel Aviv University,” Netanyahu said in a speech to parliament.

Netanyahu, citing several other examples, said many party members, including ministers, were being harassed at home and in their communities by opponents of the judicial reform bill.

Opposition parties, as part of their “Whataboutism” effort, did not address the issue of free speech, claiming it was threatened by the right.

Israel’s Minister of Education, Yoav Kish, wrote to Tel Aviv University denouncing it for failing to uphold its own standards of academic freedom with respect to conservative views on campus while defending leftist views.

As Breitbart News pointed out, many of Netanyahu’s proposed reforms simply parallel existing US practice. Israel’s judiciary has increased power compared to other government branches.

The Israeli left opposes this reform because the judiciary is one of the most important bastions of left-wing political and cultural power in Israel. Many left-wing Democrats in Congress support the protests, but ironically many of them support judicial reforms far more radical than those proposed by Prime Minister Netanyahu. For example, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D, New York), a ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, wants to expand the number of Supreme Court justice seats to 13 and fill the resulting four vacancies with liberal justices. ing.

Joel B. Pollack is senior editor at Breitbart News, Breitbart News Sunday Sunday nights from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM ET (4:00 PM to 7:00 PM PT) at Sirius XM Patriot. he is the author of a new biography, Rhoda: “Comrade Kadary, you are insane.”. He is also the author of a recently published e-book. Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 US Presidential Election. He is the recipient of the 2018 Robert His Novak His Journalism Alumni Fellowship. follow him on twitter @joelpolak.

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