Jul 24, 2023 | Politics

White House Calls Israel Vote on Judicial Reform ‘Unfortunate’

White House Calls Israel Vote on Judicial Reform 'Unfortunate'

President Joe Biden’s White House expressed regret Monday that Israel’s parliament, or Knesset, had voted to adopt a reform to the country’s powerful judiciary, over the objections of the U.S.

The reform is the most widely accepted of several proposed reforms, many of which parallel existing practice in the U.S. It will prevent the Supreme Court from overturning government policies on the basis of whether judges think they are “reasonable.”

Netanyahu separated the reforms into several bills, and paused the legislative process to allow time for talks with the opposition, which failed. His government has said it is willing to compromise on future legislation.

As Breitbart News reported, Biden issued a statement Sunday warning Israeli Prime Minister not to proceed with the bill. (Netanyahu was recovering from heart surgery at the time; Biden apparently neglected to wish…

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