* Nearly 200 Israeli Air Force fighter pilots refused to continue serving as reservists on Friday in protest against the government’s proposed judicial reform, media reported Friday.
The group of pilots, some of whom “conducted covert Israeli operations”, according to Channel 12, said they made their decision following Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech on Thursday evening and would review it in two weeks.
* “Thousands are now coming out in Tel Aviv and all over the country to protest against a criminal, clearly illegitimate government, and to put a stop to the dictatorship with their bodies. We are determined to save the country from the hands of those who are rushing towards the destruction of democracy, the economy, and the army and who are tearing the people apart with their own hands. This is the time for everyone who is still at home to go out to the street and raise their voice. A long night is ahead of us.”
Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem and blocked the road. They knocked down the police barriers and came very close to Netanyahu’s home.
* Following a special meeting held on Sunday night by the heads of the universities in Israel, it was decided that the research institutions in Israel will halt classes starting on Monday morning, in the wake of the dismissal of Defense Minister Yoav Gallant and the continuation of the legislation of the judicial reform.
“We, the heads of Israel’s research universities, presidents, rectors and administrations, will stop studies in all of Israel’s research universities starting tomorrow morning, against the background of the continuation of the legislative process that undermines the foundations of Israeli democracy and endangers its continued existence,” said a statement published by the heads of the universities.
* A serious incident occurred on Sunday evening when an elderly man with severe chest pains was held up on his way to hospital due to a demonstration blocking the street. The man in question is the father of Minister of the Negev and the Galilee, Yitzhak Wasserlauf (Otzma Yehudit).