President Joe Biden urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to review his government’s plans to reform the country’s left-leaning justice system in a “frank and frank” phone conversation Sunday, according to a senior US administration official.
“The President…emphasized his belief that democratic values have always been, and must remain, a hallmark of the relationship between the United States and Israel, that democratic societies are strengthened through real checks and balances, and that fundamental changes must be pursued with the broadest possible base of public support,” She said the State Department read the call.
“The President offered his support for ongoing efforts to reach a compromise on proposed judicial reforms consistent with those basic principles,” the statement added.
“Israel is and will remain a strong, vibrant democracy,” Netanyahu told Biden, according to the Israeli transcript of the conversation.
In 2021, Biden approved reforms to the US Supreme Court, including packing the court, which many consider more radical than Israel’s proposal. As Harvard Professor Emeritus Alan Dershowitz noted in a radio debate about the crisis in Israel’s judicial reform last week: “No one has taken to the streets to protest [Biden administration’s] Mobilizing the Supreme Court because no one cares.”
If the same suggestions had been made by a centrist or a leftist [Israeli] Government, there will be no protests. “No one will care,” Dershowitz added.
The Biden administration refused to come to Israel’s defense at a UN Security Council meeting on Thursday that called for Israel to be rebuked for allowing a Jewish minister to visit the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site. https://t.co/OAe6td3C0x
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The administration official, who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity, dodged a question about a long-awaited invitation for Netanyahu to the White House, saying Washington was “looking forward to bringing the two leaders together.” And he admitted that no date has been set soon, despite the multiplicity of missed opportunities To issue an official invitation.
An Israeli report said last week that Netanyahu had instructed a number of government ministers not to allow them to hold meetings at the White House until he received an official invitation there himself.
He added that Biden had hoped to reach a “broad consensus” on the issue of judicial reform, echoing comments Biden himself had made before the council. The New York Times Last month, when he became the first US president to directly intervene in Israel’s internal affairs.
White House readings also indicated that Biden “welcomed” Israel’s participation in the security summit in Egypt on Sunday, in which Jerusalem committed itself to halting “settlement talks” for up to half a year. The summit was also attended by representatives of the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Jordan and the United States
During the summit, an American-Israeli was shot in the head by a Palestinian terrorist at close range in the town of Hawara, the same place where Israeli brothers Hillel and Jacob Yaniv were killed by terrorists three weeks earlier.
This attack also took place during a previous security summit in Aqaba, Jordan, between the same delegations. After that, Israel also promised to freeze settlement talks.
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