Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and other senior government officials on Tuesday evening slammed US President Joe Biden’s flagrant interference in Israeli domestic affairs.
Speaking to the press on Tuesday while waiting for Air Force One at the Raleigh-Durham airport, Biden responded to a question about the “health of democracy” in Israel.
“Like many strong supporters of Israel I’m very concerned,” Biden said. “I’m concerned that they get this straight. They cannot continue down this road and I’ve sort of made that clear. Hopefully, the prime minister will act in a way that he’ll try to work out some genuine compromise but that remains to be seen.”
Reporter: “Are you inviting Prime Minister Netanyahu to the White House, sir? Do you believe he’ll be coming to Washington?”
Biden: “No. Not in the near term.”
Biden’s words contradicted a statement by US Ambassador Tom Nides on Tuesday morning saying that Netanyahu will likely be invited to Washington after Pesach.
Netanyahu responded to Biden’s unwanted interference by issuing a diplomatically worded statement, saying: “I have known President Biden for over 40 years, and I appreciate his longstanding commitment to Israel. The alliance between Israel and the United States is unbreakable and always overcomes the occasional disagreements between us.
“My administration is committed to strengthening democracy by restoring the proper balance between the three branches of government, which we are striving to achieve via a broad consensus. Israel is a sovereign country which makes its decisions by the will of its people and not based on pressures from abroad, including from the best of friends.”
National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir responded by saying that although “we respect the democratic system there [in the US]…they need to understand that Israel is an independent country and not another star on the American flag. It needs to be clear to countries around the world – the people here had an election and expressed their will.”
Culture Minister Miki Zohar (Likud) tweeted, “It breaks my heart to see how much damage was caused to Israel from all the fake news disseminated about our justified judicial reform.”
The Biden administration has made a regular practice of meddling into Israeli affairs.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)