Israel's Supreme Court on Monday handed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a major setback in his efforts to overhaul the country's judicial system.
The court rejected part of Netanyahu's reforms, which barred judges from overturning government decisions the court deemed “unfair.” Netanyahu's government passed the law in July.
In an 8-7 ruling, the court argued that the law threatens “severe and unprecedented harm to the vital character of the State of Israel as a democratic state.”
Controversy over Netanyahu's reform efforts led to widespread unrest in Israel throughout the summer, with tens of thousands of citizens protesting the move. However, the faction was largely sidelined following the October 7 massacre by Hamas.
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Netanyahu must now manage his battle with the courts alongside his war against Hamas in Gaza. In the final days of 2023, he confirmed that the war would continue for “many more months”.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.