“The Israeli parliament approved the first part of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s sweeping proposal to overhaul the judiciary on Monday, establishing a limit on the Supreme Court’s power to strike down government action and delivering far-right lawmakers a key victory in their bid to remold the country. Hundreds of thousands of protesters turned out to oppose the measure, which critics said would erode one of the few checks on government power in Israel, a country without a written constitution. Supporters, led by Netanyahu, defended the changes as a necessary correction to judicial overreach. Both sides claim to be defending democracy… More than 10,000 military reserve pilots, cyberwarriors and other experts pledged to decline service if the government doesn’t respond, which top generals warned could impair Israel’s defensive readiness.”