The main protest in the central city of Tel Aviv drew tens of thousands of people waving Israeli flags and road sign banners reading “Dead End!” and “Risk Ahead!” Smaller protests were reported in other parts of the country.
On Wednesday, Netanyahu quickly rejected a compromise proposal from Israeli President Isaac Herzog to resolve the deadlock, deepening the crisis over a program that has rocked the country and drawn international criticism.
Israeli police used a water cannon to disperse protesters gathered at a main interchange in Karkur, a city in northern Israel.
A video obtained by The Associated Press showed the water cannon spraying on protesters as they chanted “Democracy” in Hebrew. It was not immediately clear if anyone was injured.
Netanyahu and his ultra-nationalist and religious coalition partners have pledged to push ahead with the law changes despite the demonstrations. Business leaders, legal experts and retired military leaders have joined the protests, and Israeli reservists have threatened to stop reporting if the overhaul succeeds.
In the latest step of the overhaul plans, Israel’s parliament on Monday introduced a bill that would make it more difficult to impeach Netanyahu over the corruption allegations against him, while moving ahead with the broader plan to overhaul the judiciary.