In the video: President Herzog presented the President's Medal to President Biden (photo: L.A.M., editing: Lear Spiegler)
The President of the United States Joe Biden last night (Tuesday) referred to the legal revolution in Israel, he expressed concern about the situation in the country and said that he expects Netanyahu to "withdraw" from the reform.
"I'm worried and want them to fix it. They can't continue this way and I made that clear," he stressed.
After that, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded and said that Israel is "an independent country that makes its decisions according to the will of its citizens and not based on external pressures, including from our best friends."
This is the first time since the establishment of the new government in Israel that Biden has spoken out about the government's plan to weaken the justice system and the issue of inviting Netanyahu to the White House.
The American president also added that as of today and especially in the near future, he does not intend to invite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit Washington.
"I hope that Netanyahu will act in a way that will make it possible to reach a real compromise, but we will wait and see," he said.
"Israel cannot continue down this path."
President Biden (Photo: Reuters)
Netanyahu also said that he "has known President Biden for over 40 years and I appreciate his many years of commitment to Israel. The alliance between Israel and the United States is strong and it always overcomes the differences of opinion that emerge from time to time between us."
"The government led by me is committed to strengthening democracy by restoring the proper balance between the three authorities, which we strive to achieve with broad consensus," Netanyahu said.
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"Israel is an independent state that makes decisions according to the will of its citizens and not based on external pressures", Netanyahu (photo: Roni Kanfo)
In response to President Biden's words, Minister of Culture and Sports Miki Zohar wrote on his Twitter account: "It is sad that President Biden also fell victim to fake news spread in Israel against our justified legal reform."
A few minutes later, Minister Zohar deleted the tweet and published another one in which he wrote: "Out of respect for our important relationship with our greatest ally, the United States, I deleted the tweet. It breaks my heart to see how much damage has been caused to Israel from all the fake news that has been spread in connection with our justified legal reform." .
The chairman of the state camp also commented on Biden's words: "President Biden tonight sent an urgent wake-up call to the Israeli government.
Damage to relations with the USA, our best friend and our most important ally - is a strategic attack. The Prime Minister must guide his negotiating teams regarding the legal legislation, act quickly to correct the situation and preserve the Israeli democracy that is at the basis of these values. And nothing less Importantly, he must act with political and security responsibility - announce tonight that Minister Galant will remain in his post, confiscate security powers from Minister Smotrich, and not allow Minister Ben Gabir's rampage."
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"Damaging relations with the US - a strategic attack." Benny Gantz (Photo: Flash 90, Eric Marmor)
Earlier yesterday, a spokesman for the National Security Council at the White House announced that there is no planned visit by Prime Minister Netanyahu to Washington.
The spokesman added that Israeli leaders traditionally visit Washington and that Netanyahu will most likely visit Washington at some point.
It should be noted that Biden and Netanyahu have not yet met since the new government was formed.
The United States pressured Netanyahu to reach a compromise on the issue of the legal revolution, and welcomed his announcement yesterday.
"We see it as an opportunity to get more time and space to reach a compromise - that's exactly what we called it," the White House spokeswoman said.
We continue to call on the Israeli leaders to find a compromise as soon as possible.
We believe this is the best way for Israel and all its citizens.
According to her, "democratic societies strengthened by checks and balances and fundamental changes in the democratic system should be based on the broadest public support."
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