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Protesters in Israel continue to take to the streets. The renewed demonstrations come after the Knesset adopted a key clause in the country's judicial reform package. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is pressing ahead with the controversial bill that seeks to curb the power of Israel's Supreme Court, despite widespread opposition. We take a closer look.
As protests against Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu's revised plans to reform the courts flare up, we take a look at the impact the controversy has had so far on the country's economy. The Israeli tech sector, which represents 15 percent of GDP, is among those most opposed to the plan. Also in this edition, FRANCE 24's Yinka Oyetade takes a look at how China's youth is turning to street vending in a context of high unemployment.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been discharged from the hospital after being admitted for dehydration. Doctors said he was in good health.
Thousands of Israelis packed the streets of Tel Aviv blocking roads and gathering near the stock exchange and military headquarters on the "day of disruption" to protest against the government's judicial reform plan.
The protesters waved Israeli flags and chanted slogans while walking up the main highway to Jerusalem. Previously, over 1,100 air force reservists threatened to halt service over the reform pushed by Benjamin Netanyahu.
Netanyahu's health crisis comes just as the Israeli parliament is set to vote on the judicial reforms bill.
The Israeli parliament has voted in favor of a contentious judicial overhaul as thousands protested outside. Hours earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left hospital after an emergency heart procedure.
Despite months of protests, the Israeli parliament has passed a crucial element of the government's controversial judicial reform which could change the balance of power and further divide Israeli society.
Parts of Israel’s armed forces have turned against the right-wing government's judiciary changes. Peter Lintl, from the German Institute for International and Security Affairs, says this will have lasting consequences.
Israel is becoming an election issue in the US. Democrats are increasingly critical, while Republicans are pledging their "absolute support."
For months, hundreds of thousands of Israelis from across society have protested the government's plans to overhaul the judiciary. After a key first vote passed in the parliament, the battle in the streets continues.
Germany is set to buy Israel's Arrow 3 missile defense system after Washington approved the sale, Israel has said. The reported deal comes as Western nations review their air defenses in light of Russia's war in Ukraine.
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