Tensions rose during the protests against the government's regulation restricting the powers of the judiciary in Tel Aviv, the capital of Israel. Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in front of the hairdresser's in Kikar HaMedina Plaza, where Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's wife, Sara Netanyahu, was present during the protest. While demonstrators unfurling the Israeli flag were shouting slogans, Sara Netanyahu was trapped inside. A large number of reinforcements were sent to the area. Sara Netanyahu was evacuated hours later, as the police forcefully drove the demonstrators away from her hairdresser.
Binyamin Netanyahu shared on his social media account while his wife was stranded, “Anarchists (Yair) continue to cross red lines under the leadership of Lapid. They are currently threatening and harassing my wife Sara. I call on Lapid and his opposition to end this as soon as possible and to condemn this unprecedented and disgraceful act," he said.
Benjamin Netanyahu later shared photos with his wife, who was released from the hairdresser under police protection, saying, "I am glad that my beloved wife Sara is back home safe and unharmed. Anarchy must stop."
Judicial reform is a series of proposed changes to the judiciary and separation of powers in Israel, put forward by the current Israeli government, under the leadership of Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Justice Yariv Levin and Chairman of the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee, Simcha Rothman. It aims to curb the influence of the judiciary on law-making and public order by limiting the Supreme Court's power to conduct judicial review, giving the government control over judicial appointments, and limiting the authority of the government's legal counsel.
If passed, the reform would empower the Knesset to override Supreme Court decisions by simple majority, reduce the court's power to exercise judicial review over legislation and administrative acts, prohibit the court from adjudicating the constitutionality of key laws, and ensure that the structure of the Judicial Election Committee, the majority of its members, is appointed by the government.