EU says it’s tracking overhaul tensions in Israel ‘with concern,’ urges government to seek consensus

Illustrative image of the European Union and Israeli flags (Maksym Kapliuk; iStock by Getty Images)
Illustrative image of the European Union and Israeli flags (Maksym Kapliuk; iStock by Getty Images)

The European Union says it’s following “with concern” events in Israel relating to the judicial overhaul.

“EU-Israel relations are based on shared values, including the separation of powers and the rule of law, where the independent judiciary is an essential element to ensure effective checks and balances,” the bloc’s diplomatic service says in a statement. “While the specific arrangements related to the judicial reform and its scope are to be decided by the Israelis, it is important that the core values on which our partnership is based are preserved.”

The EU also calls for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government to work toward consensus and inclusivity.

“It is important to reach a compromise which would be acceptable for the Israeli citizens and political parties,” the statement says.

“The ongoing debates and demonstrations are a sign that a considerable part of the Israeli population is concerned about the reforms and that Israel is a vibrant democracy,” it adds.

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