US President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister (PM) Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo/Politico
WASHINGTON – President United States of America (AS) Joe Biden say that Israel unable to continue on its current path. He added that he did not plan to invite the Prime Minister (PM) of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House in the near future.
Speaking to reporters, Biden was asked if he believed Israel was at an inflection point after the nationwide anti-government protests in the face of Netanyahu’s efforts to push for justice reform legislation.
“Well, I don’t know that they’re at a point of infection, but I think it’s a tricky place, and they have to figure that out,” Biden said.
“I hope he (Netanyahu) leaves him,” the US president added as quoted by Al Arabiya, Wednesday (29/3/2023).
Earlier, Biden was asked whether he would invite the Israeli prime minister to Washington.
“No. Not anytime soon,” he replied.
Netanyahu reacted by striking back in a post late at night on Twitter. Reports suggest that US pressure eventually led to Netanyahu backing out of his planned judicial reforms, which are backed by the far-right government in Israel’s history.
“The alliance between Israel and the United States is unbreakable and always overcomes the occasional disagreements between us,” Netanyahu said in his post.
Rejecting the narrative that he is undermining democracy, the veteran Israeli politician said his administration is committed to strengthening democracy by restoring the proper balance between the three branches of government.
“Israel is a sovereign nation that makes its decisions on the will of its people and not based on pressure from abroad, including from best friends,” he concluded, in what appeared to be a sign of deteriorating relations between the US and Israel.
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