The Biden Administration on Monday welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s announcement that he would put Israel’s judicial reform package on hold until the Knesset reconvenes after the Passover holidays. White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the announcement would create the time and space for compromise.
“A compromise is precisely what we have been calling for,” she said. “And we continue to strongly urge Israeli leaders to find a compromise as soon as possible. We believe that it is the best path forward for Israel and all of its citizens to find this compromise.”
Jean-Pierre added that the US-Israeli security relationship remained “ironclad.”
Netanyahu in his announcement of the pause on Monday also rejected the idea of civil war.
“And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” Luke 21:24
Speaking at a separate press conference on Monday, the State Department denied allegations shared by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s son Yair – who does not have an official position – that the opposition protests were being funded by the Biden administration via the Movement for Quality Government, an Israeli NGO opposed to the judicial reforms, in an effort to topple his father’s government.
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