European Parliament set to hold debate on Israel’s legal overhaul this evening

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

The European Parliament is set to discuss Israel’s proposed judicial overhaul this evening in a session titled “Deterioration of democracy in Israel and consequences on the occupied territories.”

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell will speak at the start and close of the hour-long session, and is likely to take a critical stance. However, several pro-Israel MEPs will speak, including Antonio López-Istúriz White, chair of the delegation for relations with Israel, and delegation member Ilana Cicurel.

The debate will begin at 6:30 p.m. Israel time, but there will be no vote or resolution passed.

In recent days, Foreign Minister Eli Cohen has called on European countries and the EU to refrain from interference in Israel’s internal affairs, including in a phone call earlier today with Borrell.

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