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‘Pump the brakes’, US envoy tells Netanyahu on judicial changes


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Key Points

  • The Biden administration thinks Netanyahu’s plan will make it harder for the U.S. to help him forge ties with Saudi Arabia or deal with Iran.
  • Israel resident have protested for weeks over the Netanyahu government’s plan to make changes to the county’s judiciary that critics say would erode the country’s democratic checks and balances.
  • Israel’s parliament could begin voting as early as Monday on a bill that would increase the government’s power in selecting judges – while setting limits to the Supreme Court’s power to strike down laws or rule against the executive branch.
  • “We’re telling the Prime Minister, as I tell my kids, pump the brakes, slow down, try to get a consensus, bring the parties together,” Nides said on the CNN podcast The Axe Files that was aired  late Saturday.

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