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 Source: IE

 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has succeeded in pushing through a judicial reform bill that curtails the judiciary’s power to check his far-right coalition government. The victory, however, has deepened divisions in Israeli society. Critics fear that the reform may lead to a religious autocracy, erode democracy, and pose risks to Israel’s alliance with the United States.

Israel, a Middle Eastern country on the Mediterranean Sea, is regarded by Jews, Christians and Muslims as the biblical Holy Land. Its most sacred sites are in Jerusalem.