Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was admitted to hospital on Sunday, just hours before a key vote on judicial reform. The vote is seen as a test of Netanyahu’s popularity and his ability to maintain his grip on power. Netanyahu is facing corruption charges and is trying to pass legislation that would give him immunity from prosecution.
Merav Michaeli, a former government minister who chairs Israel’s Labour party, who said that “a tiny majority” of politicians was “coming to really ruin the state of Israel”. Michaeli is referring to the fact that Netanyahu’s ruling coalition holds a slim majority in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. If the coalition loses even a single vote on the judicial reform bill, it would be a major setback for Netanyahu.
The vote is taking place against the backdrop of growing tensions between Israel and the Palestinians. The two sides have been locked in a stalemate for years, and there is no sign of a breakthrough in sight. The judicial reform bill is seen by some as an attempt by Netanyahu to distract from the Palestinian issue and shore up his support among his base.
The article concludes by saying that the vote on judicial reform is a “critical moment” for Israel. The outcome of the vote will have a major impact on Netanyahu’s political future and the future of the country as a whole.