Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition wins first of three votes required for controversial changes to become law

Israel’s parliament has given initial approval to a bill that limits some supreme court power, part of a rebooted judicial overhaul by Benjamin Netanyahu that has set off a deep political crisis.

The drive to change the justice system by the prime minister’s ruling coalition of nationalist and religious parties has sparked unprecedented protests, stirred concern for Israel’s democratic health among its western allies and bruised the economy.

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