Israeli MPs have passed into law a highly controversial bill despite mass protests which aimed to thwart it.
The law removes the power of the Supreme Court to overrule government actions it considers unreasonable and it is the first to be approved in a series of bitterly contested reforms aimed at curbing the power of courts. The planned reforms have triggered some of the biggest protests in Israel’s history, with opponents warning they imperil Israel as a democracy.
The government argues that the measures are necessary to correct an imbalance in power which has seen the courts increasingly intervene in political decisions in recent decades. The so-called “reasonableness” bill was approved by 64 votes to 0, after the opposition boycotted the final vote.