Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened his party's faction meeting with an attack on the media. "Media channels are mobilized against the government. Fake news is being spread 24/7," he said.

"In the leftist media, soldiers refusing to serve become heroes, protesters blocking ambulances become freedom fighters, and a reform to strengthen democracy is dubbed as 'the end of democracy.' According to the media, we're not trying to pass a reform but carry out a coup d'état."

"In any reformed democracy, elected officials are responsible for the army, police, and law and order. This is enshrined in law in every democracy. Who else can be in charge of the fight against terrorism and upholding the law - will unelected officials be the ones to take the reigns? Is that what they call democracy?" asked Netanyahu.