Israeli Prime Minister said his controversial plans to weaken the judiciary will be delayed after widespread strikes and protests drove the country to a standstill.

Iran PressMiddle East: Tens of thousands of Israelis poured into the streets of cities across the occupied Lands on Monday in a spontaneous outburst of anger after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu abruptly fired his war minister for challenging the Israeli leader's judicial overhaul plan.

Netanyahu said Monday he would delay the second and third votes on the remaining legislation until after the Knesset’s Passover recess in April “to give time for a real chance for a real debate.”

Hebrew media sources also reported that some protesters entered the Knesset building.

Today (Monday) a new wave of strikes among the service providers to the Zionists began in the occupied territories, disrupting life in these areas.

He insisted that the overhaul was necessary, and reiterated criticism of refusal to train or serve in the military in protest at the planned changes.

“Refusing is the end of our country,” he said.


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