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Israeli Minister Tells US Representative To “Mind His Business” On Judiciary Reforms

By 02/19/2023 4:55 PMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff

Amichai Chikli, minister of Israeli diaspora affairs, chastised the United States. Tom Nides on Sunday, following the US representative’s entry into the discussion around Jerusalem’s planned judicial reform package.

On Nides’s request that the Israeli government alters its effort, Chikli remarked, “I say to the American ambassador, slam the breaks on yourself and mind your own business.” “This is not your domain. We’d be pleased to discuss security or foreign issues with you, but please respect our democratic process,” he added.

Although the connection with the United States is crucial, Chikli argued that Nides’ intervention was highly problematic.

Chikli commented after Nides claimed in a podcast interview with former Obama administration official David Axelrod that the Biden administration was pressuring Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to “pump the brakes” on the judicial changes.

As I tell my children, “pump the brakes, slow down, try to achieve a consensus, bring the parties together,” Nides added, “that’s what we’re encouraging the prime minister to do.” Nides clarified that “the one thing that connects our countries is a notion of democracy,” even though the United States will not “dictate” how to run its internal affairs to Israel.

USA last week, President Joe Biden offered his opinion on the conflict occurring in Israel over the proposed judicial reforms.

In response to a query from columnist Thomas L. Friedman of The New York Times, Biden stated that consensus was necessary for any substantial change to be durable.

The genius of both American and Israeli democracies, according to him, is that they are based on solid institutions, checks and balances, and independent judiciaries.

To ensure that the public embraces substantial changes and that they can be perpetuated, it is crucial to building consensus.

According to Friedman, Biden was telling Netanyahu that the American-Israeli relationship “has never genuinely relied on shared interests” rather than on mutual interests, but rather that it has “always been built up from our shared values.”

At a protest against the judicial reforms staged outside the Knesset last week, opposition leader Yair Lapid of the Yesh Atid Party denounced the Israeli government as “corrupt” and “extreme” and branded it as such.

They can hear our resolve and power. They hide their hearing and their fear by acting as though they don’t care, but they do.

They are shaking in the same way that tyrants had always trembled when they realized they were up against people who weren’t willing to give up.

Lapid declared, “We will battle in the streets and fight until we succeed.

“This is the history of the world,” declared Ron Huldai, the mayor of Tel Aviv, that day. By using democratic tools, nations can turn into dictatorships. Only through killing do nations reestablish democracy.

Ehud Olmert, a former Israeli prime minister, urged the anti-government protest movement to advance to the next phase, which would be driven by physical confrontation.

“We must advance to the next step, the stage of the war, since talks do not fight the war. He stated in an interview with DemocraTV that “war is waged in a face-to-face struggle, head-to-head and hand-to-hand, and that is what will happen here.”

At a turbulent Knesset committee meeting, Netanyahu implored opposition leaders to stop driving Israel into anarchy.



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