NSC spokesman John Kirby tries to play down the tension between US and Israel; “President Biden said he will not invite PM Netanyahu to Washington soon”

ISRAEL HAYOM (by agreement with JNS)
US dismisses notion of crisis with Israel, says in ‘deep friendship you can be candid’
AP and ILH staff
March 29, 2023

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday brushed aside criticism of his judicial overhaul plan from President Joe Biden, saying the matter was an internal Israeli issue and would not be influenced by outside pressure…Following especially heavy protests, Netanyahu this week froze the plan and launched negotiations on a compromise with his political opponents. The timeout prompted Biden’s ambassador, Tom Nides, to tell Israeli media that he expected Netanyahu to soon be invited to the White House. Asked about the legislation on Tuesday, Biden told reporters, “I hope he walks away from it.” He said Netanyahu’s government “cannot continue down this road” and called for a compromise. He also said there were no immediate plans for a White House visit, saying: “No, not in the near term.” READ MORE

NATIONAL REVIEW ‘Israel Is a Sovereign Country’: Netanyahu Fires Back at Biden after Judicial Reform Setback Netanyahu said in a third and final tweet in the thread: “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.

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