Addressing the nation Monday evening after his government passed a controversial law to limit the power of the Supreme Court, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was fulfilling the will of the voters.
"Fulfilling the will of the voter is by no means the end of democracy, it is the essence of democracy," Netanyahu said, adding that the passage of the law was "a necessary democratic move."
He blamed the opposition for refusing to compromise, but did not say what compromises the governing coalition had offered.
As he did in a speech last week, he urged military reservists not to refuse to serve.
"We all know that the Israel Defense Forces relies on dedicated reservists who love the country. The call for refusal harms the security of all citizens of the country," he said. "I call on you, our brothers and sisters who serve in the reserves — leave the service in the IDF out of the political debate."