Netanyahu responded last night to the words of Biden, who questioned the judicial reform promoted by the far-right Tel Aviv government, which was rejected by large sectors of the country.
I have known Biden for more than 40 years and appreciate his longstanding commitment to Israel, but we are “a sovereign country that makes its decisions by the will of its people and not based on pressure from outside, even from the best of friends.” Netanyahu confirmed.
Not long ago, the US president expressed concern about the initiative and confirmed publicly and privately, announcing in recent weeks that he would not invite Netanyahu to the White House in the short term.
It is sad that the president is a victim of the fake news spread in Israel against our justified judicial reform,” Culture and Sports Minister Miki Zohar wrote on Twitter, though he later deleted his comment.
Tougher was the head of the ultranationalist national security Itamar Ben Gvir, who said Wednesday that Israel is not just another star on the US flag.
Netanyahu was forced to postpone the parliamentary debate on the bill until the summer before the wave of national protests led to the declaration of general strikes by unions, doctors, universities and other sectors.
Yair Netanyahu, the prime minister’s son, added fuel to the fire by accusing the Foreign Ministry of financing the demonstrations against his father, which US Ambassador Tom Nedis called absurd.
For weeks, the national press has been reporting on the growing discontent in Washington against the extremist policies of the executive branch in Tel Aviv, especially the increase in attacks and actions against the Palestinians, which threaten to spark a regional escalation.
The tension reached such an extent that during his recent visit to the northern nation, the Democratic administration boycotted the Israeli Minister of Finance, Bezalel Smotrich.
Smotrich has been roundly questioned in this country and in the rest of the world for his public support for the destruction of the Palestinian village of Hawara, which had recently been burned by Jewish settlers.
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