US President Joe Biden said that Israels leaders need to slow down their divisive overhaul of the judiciary and instead strive to achieve a broad consensus with opposition parties on the issue, reportedly warning that the special relationship between the two countries could sustain irreparable damage.
Biden made the comments to New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman, whom he sat down with in the White House Tuesday after meeting earlier in the day with President Isaac Herzog, who is visiting Washington.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus Likud and its allied far-right and ultra-Orthodox parties have been barreling ahead with their overhaul plan, which has been met with months of mass protests from critics who say it will weaken the courts power to act as a check and balance against the Knesset, and dangerously erode Israels democratic foundations.
By TOI STAFF
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman penned a column Tuesday warning that the Biden administration is reassessing its ties with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus government, amid growing American alarm over the actions of the hard-right Israeli coalition.
Friedman said US President Joe Biden believes the government is using its judicial overhaul push as a smokescreen to engage in unprecedented radical behavior that is undermining our shared interests with Israel, our shared values and the vitally important shared fiction about the status of the West Bank that has kept peace hopes there just barely alive.
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BEN GVIR: ISRAEL NO LONGER ANOTHER STAR IN AMERICAN FLAG
US president says Jerusalem shares blame for recent violence due to cabinet ministers who push settlement expansion while rejecting Palestinian rights
By JACOB MAGID
US President Joe Biden said Sunday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus coalition government has some of the most extreme members hes seen in Israel, and that cabinet ministers who back settling anywhere they want in the West Bank are part of the problem in the conflict.
In addition to offering rare comments during a CNN interview on his thoughts about the Israeli government, he provided an update on his administrations effort to broker a normalization deal between Israel and Saudi Arabia, saying, Were a long way from there.
Biden was pressed on what it would take for him to extend an invitation to Netanyahu to visit the White House, but he dodged the question, noting that Israeli President Isaac Herzog will be coming to Washington next week.
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