Israeli prime minister vows to push ahead with controversial reforms even as tens of thousands protest against them

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu will be fitted with a pacemaker overnight, he has said, adding that he will be discharged from hospital in time for a key vote on his controversial judicial reforms.

“A week ago I was fitted with a monitoring device. That device beeped this evening and said I must receive a pacemaker and that I must do this already tonight,” Netanyahu said in a video statement released by his office late Saturday. “I feel great, but I need to listen to my doctors.”

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