Israel’s Netanyahu says contested judicial overhaul would strengthen economy

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(Refiling to make it “tens of thousands” instead of “hundreds of thousands” in 10th paragraph) JERUSALEM (Reuters) -Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday remained steadfast in his stance that a plan by his new right-wing government to overhaul the judiciary, which has come under increasing criticism, would not harm the country’s economy. “In recent days, I have been hearing concerns regarding the impact of the judicial reform on our economic resilience. … The exact opposite is true,” Netanyahu said at a news conference with Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich of the far-right …

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