Tens of thousands of Israelis gathered in central Tel Aviv on January 14 to protest plans by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s new government to overhaul the legal system and weaken the Supreme Court — a step that critics say will destroy the country’s democratic system of checks and balances.

The protest presented an early challenge to Mr. Netanyahu and his ultranationalist national security minister, Itamar Ben-Gvir, who has ordered police to take tough action if protesters block roads or display Palestinian flags.

Israeli media, citing police, said the crowd at Tel Aviv’s Habima Square swelled to at least 80,000 people, despite cool, rainy weather. Protesters, many covered by umbrellas, held Israeli flags and signs saying “Criminal Government,” “The End of Democracy” and other slogans.https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/thousands-of-israelis-rally-against-netanyahu-government/article66380557.ece/amp/#amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&aoh=16739040913763&csi=0&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com