Israel’s proposed judicial reforms have been addressed in a statement from Agudas Israel of America.
It’s interesting that the Agudah didn’t formally oppose the improvements that were being suggested.
The powerful organization, however, criticized American politicians for pressuring Israel and interfering in the internal affairs of another sovereign democratic state, urging them to “leave Israeli issues to Israelis” instead.
Agudath Israel of America takes no position on the Israeli government’s proposed judicial reforms. But, whatever the merits or shortcomings of that plan, American lawmakers and other government officials, while entitled to their opinions, should not be seeking to use their positions of power to meddle in the internal affairs of another sovereign democratic state.
What form, if any, judicial reform in Israel should take is a matter for Israelis to determine through Israel’s vibrant democratic process.
The United States would rightly resent another nation’s attempts to influence our own internal political affairs. Members of Congress and other American officials should ponder that and leave Israeli issues to Israelis.