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On April 26, 2023, the State of Israel celebrated seventy-five years since its establishment. Israeli President Isaac Herzog addressed the Diplomatic Corps that day as follows: “The modern State of Israel is a true miracle. And it is one that we have had to work terribly hard to achieve. When our founders declared the establishment of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948 – a state founded on the prophetic visions of a world of freedom, justice and peace – many believed that the newborn country would not survive. Few would have predicted the course of our improbable story. Today, we are a country on the front lines of the efforts to make it a better world for us all, in the spirit of our founding vision.”

However, the seventy-fifth anniversary of the state was marked by profound divisions within Israel around proposed judicial reform. Massive demonstrations in the big cities were held each week to protest the government’s determination to change the judicial system, in effect reducing judicial oversight of government decision-making.

Three months later, on July 24, 2023, the Israeli parliament (the Knesset) passed an amendment to the 1984 Basic Law on the judiciary, which prohibited judges from using the so-called “reasonableness standard” in reviewing governmental administrative decisions.
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