Netanyahu backtracks on firing defense minister after mass protests –

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reversed his decision to fire the country’s defense minister last month after mass protests broke out over his decision.

Netanyahu announced his resignation at a news conference on Monday, saying Defense Minister Yoav Gallant would remain in his post after he was sacked two weeks ago. Gallant was fired from his post after he called for suspending plans for Netanyahu-backed judicial reforms, which would allow the government to overturn Supreme Court decisions and give the executive more power to appoint judges.

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