Israeli government passes law to limit Supreme Court power while defying mass protests

The Israeli parliament has passed a law that strips the Supreme Court of its power to block government decisions, as part of a planned judicial overhaul. The controversial bill, supported by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, passed with a 64-0 vote, with opposition lawmakers walking out in protest. Massive crowds of protesters gathered outside, leading to arrests and clashes with police. The US President, Joe Biden, warned against rushing the changes, stating it could undermine US-Israel relations and democratic institutions. Critics view the overhaul as a threat to checks on government actions, while Netanyahu and his allies argue it is necessary to rebalance powers. Despite the passage of the bill, protests and legal challenges are expected to continue.

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