‘Protests show our democracy’: Foreign Ministry tells envoys how to explain overhaul

Demonstrators are sprayed with water cannons by riot police during a protest against the government's judicial overhaul, in Tel Aviv on July 24, 2023.  (Jack Guez/AFP)
Demonstrators are sprayed with water cannons by riot police during a protest against the government's judicial overhaul, in Tel Aviv on July 24, 2023. (Jack Guez/AFP)

With the judicial overhaul drawing intense interest abroad, as well as criticism of the government’s unilateral approach by some of its allies, the Foreign Ministry has issued instructions to its missions around the world on how to explain recent events in the country.

The ministry is telling representatives to say the government “is advancing a reform the purpose of which is to strengthen the standing of the legislative branch.”

It says the mass protests in the country against these actions “are an example of Israeli democracy” and that dialogue is ongoing for compromise (no such dialogue is currently taking place).

“As the prime minister has made clear, Israel must remain a strong democracy. It will continue to maintain individual rights for everyone and will not become a halachic state.”

“The court will remain independent, without any side seizing control.”

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