Ben-Gvir Threatens To Dissolve Gov’t As Netanyahu Set To Announce Halt Of Reform

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. (Abir Sultan/Pool Photo via AP, File); Israeli police use a water cannon to disperse demonstrators blocking a highway during a protest against plans by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government to overhaul the judicial system in Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, March 27, 2023. (AP Photo/Oren Ziv); Natioanl Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir. (Police spokesperson)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was set to announce the suspension of the judicial reform on Monday morning at about 10:00 a.m. but delayed the step after National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir threatened to dissolve the government.

Prior to delivering the announcement, Netanyahu met with the heads of the coalition parties, and according to a Kan News report, the meeting reached high volumes several times. Justice Minister Yariv Levin, Religious Zionist party chairman Betzalel Smotrich and Otzma Yehudit chairman Itamar Ben-Gvir demanded that the reform not be suspended.

Ben-Gvir angrily confronted Netanyahu, screaming: “What is this? We can’t fold like this! Suspending the reform will lead to the dissolution of the government.”

Later on Monday, Kan reported that after further discussion, Smotrich and Levin agreed to allow the legislation to be halted temporarily but Ben-Gvir continued to refuse and threatened the end of the government.

The prime minister held an emergency meeting overnight after mass protests swept the country in the wake of the dismissal of Defense Minister Yoav Gallant. Justice Minister Yariv Levin is opposed to halting the reform but a number of Likud ministers support the move as well as UTJ and Shas.

The chairman of the Knesset’s Constitution Committee Simcha Rothman received the message amid a deliberation to approve the law on the composition of the Judicial Selection Committee in its second and third readings. “It’s over,” Rothman said and angrily left the meeting.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


  1. It’s either now or never. If Bibi backs down then it’s over. The zionist country will forever remain in the clutches of the Left.

  2. Itamar Ben Gvir must use his head. Now is an emergency situation. Now we must just put it aside and then pop it up again when they’re asleep. Now is not the time. While in theory you, MK Ben Gvir are right, you can choose between being right or dead right.

  3. Herzog says the entire nation is concerned.
    This is plain lies.
    Its a maximum of about 9% or less who
    are making all this noise.
    CNN etc also reports false info, inflating the situation
    beyond all known truth

  4. Which could lead to someone such as Lapid becoming Prime Minister. Of course, if the parties now in the government gain seats, it would be seen as a mandate to change the Supreme Court. A less risky way would be to call a referendum.

  5. Guess what:- Ben Gvir shall get all our support, should it become necessary to dissolve this government, because ben Gvir upholds his commitment to his mandate>>>to his voters & his base.
    Even if some of the big Rabbis again come out to vote for religious parties:- Not this time:- Am voting for ben Gvir’s party:- Notwithstanding that Gimmel is being neutral & prepared to go ahead with this supreme court reform, and not being the cause of suspension of this wonderful & urgently needed supreme court reform plan.

  6. Being a Bibi supporter it’s sad to see the damage being caused
    Even support some of Ben Gvir however he seems like his own worst enemy
    Politics is about seeing to be doing the correct thing
    It seems even this is not an issue anymore
    Even if what they are doing is the right thing they are certainly not going about it in a cordial manor
    A yid has boosha it’s seems they are throwing their weight around with impunity
    It’s the begging of the end for this government
    What a shame !!!

  7. Yaapchik, there is no time for delay. As Yariv Levin said, if the reform is postponed he fully expects to be charged with some crime or other, in order to take him out of the game. The same will be true for Ben-Gvir and the rest of them. If they don’t act now, they may never again get a chance to act.

  8. Yaapchik, how can there be “dialog and concessions” on the most fundamental principles of democracy? How can Israel be allowed to remain a dictatorship, as it has been for the past 30 years? If you compromise on that, what is the point of anything? What is the point of any participation in politics, when it is exposed as a sham, a Potemkin village masking the true rulers who will do what they want regardless of elections? Why even bother voting, if it’s like the Russian elections that Lenin held in 1920, where he lost but kept power anyway?