Following the Israeli Prime Minister’s decision to delay enacting an overhaul of the country’s judiciary, Democratic Majority for Israel Board Co-Chairs Ann Lewis and Todd Richman issued the following statement:

“We welcome Prime Minister Netanyahu’s announcement that he’ll delay a vote on overhauling Israel’s judicial system. We hope the Prime Minister’s move will enable real dialogue under the auspices of President Herzog and lead to a reasonable compromise that protects Israeli democracy and enjoys wide support from the country’s citizens. 

“For weeks, hundreds of thousands of patriotic Israelis have been in the streets protesting and fighting to protect their democracy. The Israeli people must decide for themselves the way forward, but ultimately the U.S.-Israel relationship is based importantly on shared values, a key element of which is an independent judiciary.”