Biden, Netanyahu go back and forth over Israeli judicial reform plan
“Like many strong supporters of Israel, I’m very concerned and I’m concerned that they get this straight. They cannot continue down this road. And I’ve sort of made that clear. I hope for, hopefully the Prime Minister will act in a way that he can try to work out some genuine compromise. But that remains to be seen.”
Those words from President Biden yesterday — sparking tensions between him and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Biden was responding to a question about Netanyahu’s plan to change his country’s legal system.
The plan would give Netanyahu the final say in appointing the nation’s judges.
It would also give parliament the authority to overturn Supreme Court decisions — and limit the court’s ability to review laws.
On Tuesday — Biden said he hoped Netanyahu would walk away from the plan.
Netanyahu fired back on Twitter today — saying quote “Israel is a sovereign country which makes its decisions by the will of its people and not based on pressures from abroad, including from the best of friends.”
“The prime minister essentially said, you know, we appreciate our strategic alliance with the United States, I deeply appreciate my personal friendship with Joe Biden that goes back many decades. But it’s not the position of the president of the United States to intervene in an internal political controversy in Israel.”
Earlier this week — Netanyahu called for a halt to the plan.
This followed two consecutive days of mass protests that drew tens of thousands of people to Israel’s streets.