Hundreds Of ‘Israeli’ Reservists Are Joining ‘Judicial’ Protests
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Members of Zionist Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's extremist coalition, which wields a Knesset majority, say they want legislation that would limit the authority of the ‘Supreme Court’ to be written into ‘law’ by April 2.
As ratification nears, protests have spiraled, and fears have been voiced by security veterans who usually shy from public exposure.
In a letter sent to ‘Israeli’ media, around 650 reservists said they would not turn up for some duties from Sunday and will refuse call-ups.
Many described themselves as volunteer reservists from special military forces. The rest said they were reservist offensive cyber operators, including from the Mossad and Shin Bet spy agencies.
"We have no contract with a dictator. We would be happy to volunteer when the ‘democracy’ is safeguarded," the letter said.
On Saturday, tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets in more than 100 towns and cities across the occupied territories for the 11th straight week against plans by the cabinet to curb the ‘Supreme Court's’ powers.
Saturday protests even spread to ‘Israeli’ settlements in the occupied West Bank, which have been long considered a political stronghold for Netanyahu's right-wing coalition partners.
The reforms proposed by Netanyahu seek to rob the ‘Israeli’ regime's ‘Supreme Court’ of its ability to overrule decisions made by either the PM's extremist cabinet or the Knesset. They also empower the lawmakers to strike down the court's verdicts and give them more sway in the selection committee that appoints the judges.
Netanyahu, who returned to office for a sixth term in late December, has said the demonstrations are aimed at toppling him.
He is on trial in three corruption cases and denies all wrongdoing. Opponents of his proposed reforms have accused Netanyahu of trying to use the reforms to quash possible judgments against him.