TEL AVIV — Hours earlier than Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delayed a proposed judicial overhaul that has prompted mass protests, the pinnacle of considered one of Israel’s strongest unions made a small, seemingly off-topic comment as he introduced a nationwide strike Monday.

“We’re troopers of the democratic state of Israel. Our nation, and nobody else’s,” hollered Arnon Bar-David, the union chief. “This isn’t the nation of Kohelet — this can be a nation that belongs to all its residents.”

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