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Israel’s Consul General in New York, Zamir, announces his resignation

MOSCOW, March 26 – RIA Novosti. Asaf Zamir, Israel’s Consul General in New York, following the dismissal of Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant twitter He announced his resignation, stating that he could not continue to represent the country’s current government.

“I am writing to you today to announce my resignation as Israel’s Consul General in New York. Today’s decision to dismiss the dangerous Minister of Defense convinced me that I can no longer continue to represent it. This is the government,” he said in a statement from the Consul General.

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He added that in his view, the proposed judicial reform in the country “undermines” the foundation of Israel’s democratic system.

On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu fired Defense Minister Yoav Gallant after he called for an end to a proposal for judicial reform that has sparked divisions and nationwide protests in the country. Gallant, who was dismissed, said that homeland security remains his life’s mission.

On Saturday, Gallant gave a televised address to the nation in which he voiced concerns about the impact of judicial reform on the security of the state, as many reservists refused to serve in the military in protest. Gallant became the first Israeli minister to call for the suspension of the legislative process backed by the ruling coalition. Israeli Minister of National Security Itamar Ben-Gvir urged Netanyahu to dismiss Gallant immediately after the televised speech.

The prime minister urged Israeli citizens to “resolutely oppose their refusal to serve” following the dismissal of the head of the defense minister.

Immediately after the announcement of the resignation of the Defense Minister in several Israeli cities, hundreds of people staged new demonstrations against the government and judicial reform. In Tel Aviv, protesters have re-closed the key Ayalon highway, according to the Ynet portal. According to local media reports, protests are also being held in Jerusalem, Haifa, Beersheba and other major Israeli cities during these hours.

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Source: Ria

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