On Thursday, Israel’s former prime minister encouraged foreign leaders to avoid the country’s current leader, Benjamin Netanyahu, as he moves forward with a plan to reform the justice system.
The US and Germany, two of Israel’s closest allies, urged Netanyahu to slow down.
The unusual pleas for moderation and international action came as tens of thousands of Israelis protested Netanyahu’s proposal in the streets once more.
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told The Associated Press that world leaders should shun meeting with Netanyahu.
Olmert was in office from 2006 to 2009. He explicitly addressed his request to Rishi Sunak, the prime minister of the United Kingdom, who would soon host Benjamin Netanyahu.
Olmert urged the leaders of the nations that were friends with Israel to forgo meetings with the Israeli premier.
As a former Israeli prime minister, he acknowledged that his call was “very extraordinary,” but he continued that it was necessary given the circumstances. Olmert stated, “I believe the current Israeli government is purely anti-Israeli.
He targeted the ultra-Orthodox and ultranationalist groups that makeup Netanyahu’s far-right government, which opposes Palestinian independence and supports expanded settlement building in Palestinian-claimed occupied territory.