Days of Palestine

Saturday, April 1

Netanyahu Alleges US Behind Protests Against Judicial Overhaul

U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden, left, and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, talk before a dinner at the Prime Minister's residence in Jerusalem, Tuesday, March 9, 2010. (AP Photo/Baz Ratner, Pool)
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A highranking government official who accompanied Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Italy over the weekend stated on Friday that the largescale demonstrations opposing the government‘s contentious judicial reform were partly financed by the Biden administration.

A member of Netanyahu‘s team verified that the highranking official was alluding to the United States.

Last week, Yakov Bardugo, an advocate for Prime Minister Netanyahu, made a comparable assertion on the Israeli Channel 14 news, a channel closely affiliated with the Netanyahu.

On Saturday night, the son of Benjamin Netanyahu, Yair Netanyahu, posted a piece regarding the news published in the conservative Washington Free Beacon, which claimed that the US State Department has granted funds to the Movement for Quality Government, a group that has been organizing the demonstrations against the change to the judicial system.

Massive public demonstrations have been occurring in Israel for the past two months in response to the rightreligious government‘s legislative proposals, the most hardline to date. This has been met with vehement criticism from opposition politicians, and dire cautions from economists, business administrators, legal professionals, and security personnel.

The remarks made by the highranking official and those close to the Israeli Prime Minister indicate the challenges Netanyahu has encountered in regards to the ties between his administration and the United States. It appears that their answer to this is to take out their frustrations on the US capital.