President hints at ‘natural’ friction in plodding overhaul compromise talks

President Isaac Herzog’s office says talks aimed at reaching a compromise on the proposed judicial overhaul focused Tuesday on the issue of ministry legal advisers, but gives no hint of any progress.

Talks were held in a “professional and respectful atmosphere,” the President’s Residence says. But it also hints at friction inside the talks, noting that “discussions included disagreements, which are natural.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition is seeking to allow ministers to appoint their own legal advisers who will answer to them rather than the Justice Ministry.

Herzog’s office says talks will resume Thursday with discussions focused on the doctrine of reasonability, which has been used to disqualify political appointments.

No other talks are currently planned.

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