Netanyahu said to tell US nat’l security adviser judicial reform plan to be softened

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) meets with US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan in Jerusalem on January 19, 2023. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) meets with US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan in Jerusalem on January 19, 2023. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly told visiting US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan that the government’s controversial judicial overhaul will not be as dramatic as has been presented.

According to an unsourced report on Channel 12 news, Netanyahu told Sullivan last week in Jerusalem that he will work to ensure that any judicial reform is passed with wide agreement, and that it will be watered down from the version presented earlier this month by Justice Minister Yariv Levin.

In public comments, neither leader mentioned the issue, which dominated the headlines in Israel for weeks and made waves overseas as well.

According to Channel 13 news, US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides held several meetings in Israel in recent weeks in relation to US concerns over the planned overhaul. Nides told The Times of Israel in an interview that the US is not going to be “telling [Israel] how to construct their judicial system.”

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