(MENAFN) On Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected President Joe Biden's advice that he "walks away" from a divisive proposal to reform the judicial system, stating that the nation makes its own decisions.
The discussion, which signaled growing hostility between Israel and the U.S. over Netanyahu's postponed court changes in the wake of widespread demonstrations, was a rare instance of public disagreement between the two close friends.
When asked by reporters about the measure late Tuesday, Biden responded, "I hope he walks away from it." The president encouraged compromise on the controversial proposal and stressed that Netanyahu's administration "cannot continue down this route." Also, when asked if Netanyahu will soon be welcomed to the White House by U.S. Ambassador Thomas Nides, the president responded, " No, not in the near term."
Israel is independent, according to Netanyahu, who added that the country " 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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