Democrats told Netanyahu judicial overhaul makes it hard for party to defend Israel

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US bureau chief

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (c) meets with a delegation of congressional Democrats led by House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries in Jerusalem on April 24, 2024 (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (c) meets with a delegation of congressional Democrats led by House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries in Jerusalem on April 24, 2024 (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)

US House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries and other members of a Democratic congressional delegation told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during their meeting in Jerusalem last week that his government’s judicial overhaul effort makes it harder for their party to continue defending the Jewish state in Washington, Axios reports.

Members of the Democratic delegation told Netanyahu that the temporarily paused overhaul had created a lot of negative “noise” about Israel among their constituents, a source who attended the meeting tells Axios.

“They told Netanyahu it is very difficult for them to defend Israel under such circumstances, and their message was: help us help you,” the source says, adding that the message was highlighted by the Jewish lawmakers present in particular.

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