Press Release

Jewish Dems Respond to Netanyahu’s Postponement of Judicial Overhaul

March 28, 2023

WASHINGTON – Following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision today to temporarily postpone proposals to overhaul Israel’s judicial system, Jewish Democratic Council of America (JDCA) CEO Halie Soifer said the following:

“Jewish Dems are deeply committed to the unbreakable bonds between America and Israel, including support for Israel’s security and democracy. For this reason, we remain concerned that the judicial overhaul proposal would weaken Israel’s democratic institutions by undermining the independence and strength of Israel’s judiciary.

“JDCA stands with the hundreds of thousands of Israelis who have taken to the streets in support of democracy and opposition to the proposed judicial overhaul. We also stand with Democrats, including President Biden, who have been unwavering in their support of Israel and the shared values on which the US-Israel relationship is based, including democracy.

“For weeks, JDCA has called for the Israeli government to work with the opposition to find a consensus on judicial reform. We continue to support President Herzog’s calls for a compromise agreement between the government and opposition that will achieve a broad consensus. The proposed judicial overhaul seriously threatens Israel’s democratic institutions, and the Prime Minister’s temporary postponement of the legislative process does not mean this threat has ended.

“The future of American democracy was the leading issue driving Jewish voters in the 2022 election, according to polling. The deep commitment of Jewish Americans to democracy applies to the future of Israel’s democracy as well as our own.”

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