Netanyahu took off for a visit to the US and attacked the demonstrators: "Joining the PLO and Iran"/Roy Avraham/GPO, Sound: Yehezkel Qandil/GPO
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met Saturday night with the heads of American Jewish organizations during his state visit to New York. At the meeting, Netanyahu claimed that he was very close to a compromise on the legal revolution, but it was the opposition that thwarted the move because it succumbed to pressure from the protest movement, they told Walla! Three parties who participated in the meeting.
The meeting was attended by about 25 representatives of the leading Jewish organizations in the United States. Among the participants were heads of organizations identified with the left side of the political map in the United States, some of whom, such as Reform Movement head Rabbi Rick Jacobs and head of the Jewish Women's Council Sheila Katz, even spoke at demonstrations against the legal revolution in Israel and the United States. Also present were Israel's ambassador to the UN, Gilad Erdan, Israeli Ambassador to the United States Mike Herzog and Minister of Strategic Affairs Ron Dermer.
Rabbi Rick Jacobs asked Netanyahu about the implications of the legal revolution. Netanyahu replied that the changes he wanted to make in the judicial system would not cause Israel to become a dictatorship. He said he wanted to change the process of selecting judges to be more similar to the one in the United States, where elected officials appoint judges, according to three sources who attended the meeting.
Opponents of the legal revolution demonstrated outside the meeting place/image processing, Reuven Castro, Shlomi Gabbay
"I took a break in reform. President Herzog led the process of reaching a compromise. We were very close, but it was the opposition that retreated. They were under pressure from the protesters who don't want compromise but want to topple the government," Netanyahu told Jewish leaders, according to three sources in the room.
Netanyahu has said he does not want to push for further legislative changes regarding the judiciary without broad consensus. He said he wanted to reach a compromise in which the government and opposition would have influence over the judicial selection process and the two sides would have to work together to appoint judges. "And then within ten years everything will balance out," Netanyahu said.
Sources who participated in the meeting said that outside the building where it took place there was a demonstration by opponents of the legal revolution and demonstrators could be heard during the meeting. Prime Minister Sara Netanyahu's wife said at the meeting that the demonstrators were threatening the prime minister and his family.
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