Reps. Crow, Kim, Houlahan Issue Statement in Response to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Proposed Judicial Overhaul
WASHINGTON — Today, Representatives Jason Crow (CO-06), Andy Kim (NJ-03), and Chrissy Houlahan (PA-06), key House Democrats dedicated to national security, issued the following statement in response to recent developments surrounding Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposed judicial overhaul and subsequent firing of Defense Minister Yoav Gallant.
In a statement, the Representatives said:
“Democratic values have bonded the US and Israel together. That’s why, as some of the staunchest supporters of Israel, we are deeply concerned by Prime Minister Netanyahu’s proposal to overhaul Israel’s judicial system and subsequently fire Defense Minister Yoav Gallant for voicing his dissent.
“Prime Minister Netanyahu’s recent decisions would weaken democratic institutions, endanger the diversity of views and voices in Israel, and undermine regional and national security.
“Separation of powers and honest discourse are hallmarks of democracy and vital to Israel’s regional and national security. Independent institutions are fundamental to the stability and longevity of democracy.
“The overwhelming protests make clear that Prime Minister Netanyahu’s actions lack popular support. We stand in solidarity with the peaceful protestors who are decisively and collectively taking to the streets.
“We urge Prime Minister Netanyahu and Israeli leaders to permanently halt the proposed judicial changes and restore the people’s confidence in Israel’s democratic ideals.”