Bending to a wave of mass protests, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delayed his contentious judicial overhaul plan Monday and said he wanted 'to avoid civil war' by making time to seek a compromise with political opponents. 'When there's an opportunity to avoid civil war through dialogue, I, as prime minister, am taking a timeout for dialogue,' he said. Netanyahu has argued that the overhaul is needed to rein in a liberal and overly interventionist court of unelected judges. Before Netanyahu's speech, some 20,000 right-wing Israelis attended a counter demonstration in support of the prime minister. He added: 'All coalition governments involve compromises, and I'm sure Netanyahu from his perspective, didn't get re-elected prime minister to see other people dominate the agenda.'