As protests continue in Israel, polls show Netanyahu in dire straits

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Despite mass protests in Israel, the parliament approved the controversial judicial reform. Prime Minister Netanyahu, who is trying to deal with the internal crisis, has been hit by the election polls in the process. According to the polls, the number of seats of the far-right coalition is expected to fall.

As protests continue in Israel, polls show Netanyahu in dire straits

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's far-right coalition has suffered a blow in the polls for the elections as he tries to manage the ongoing domestic crisis over the judicial reform.

Polls released late Tuesday showed that if elections were held now, Netanyahu's ruling coalition would see its number of seats in the 120-seat Knesset fall from 64 to 52 or 53.

According to N12 News, the number of seats held by Netanyahu's Likud party would drop from 32 to 28, and in a poll conducted by Reshet 13, it would drop to 25.

JUDICIAL REFORM LOSES SEATS

On Monday, Netanyahu's far-right coalition, formed after last year's November 1 elections, won parliamentary approval for legislation that would limit some of the Supreme Court's powers, despite weekly mass street protests and disapproval from its ally the United States.

It was the first approval of a bill that is part of judicial changes Netanyahu sees as necessary to balance powers and stop the Supreme Court's overreach.

CALL FOR STRIKE AGAINST THE LAW

Thousands of protesters took to the streets on Monday as parliament approved the judicial reform. Doctors declared a strike on Tuesday. But street rallies largely subsided on Wednesday.

Israel's largest labor union, the Histadrut, which has been trying to mediate between Netanyahu's coalition and opposition parties, threatened to strike if the government passed new laws without an agreement.

The crisis comes at a time of escalating Israeli raids in the West Bank and friction with the Lebanese Shiite group Hezbollah.

The crisis has caused foreign investment to flee, hitting the already crisis-hit economy even harder.

Source: The New Arab - Reuters

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