France joins the U.S. in warning Israel against Judicial Reform.
French President Emanuel Macron joins the U.S. Secretary of State in condemning any attempt by Israel’s government to pursue Judicial reform, concluding that Israel will have abandoned democracy. In reality, the proposed reforms would only confirm the Jewish States’ commitment to the democratic process.
What we are seeing is a very real attempt by foreign countries to undermine the sovereignty of the State of Israel and giving succour to opposition elements currently running a campaign of civil protest and misinformation through the media and political parties from the left.
It appears that the Biden administration has put itself firmly behind the orchestrated opposition to the Netanyahu government by creating an atmosphere of skepticism around the proposed reforms. Indeed the State Department appears to be acting as a kind of watchdog to ensure the Judicial reform’s failure. Concerns about the United States’ position are undoubtedly creating a problematic situation for the new government in countries such as Macrons France. Still, nothing has been irrevocably lost. While the die has been cast and Israel stands firm in implementing the Judicial reforms, there will be little that foreign governments can do short of ostracising the Jewish State internationally. I believe the Americans are not at that point yet.
History has taught those who want to learn that a country that succumbs to extreme pressure from a more powerful country to jettison its independence of action will invite the breakup of the country and its eventual dissolution. Israel must, at all cost, reject “pressure politics” based on a Jewish ideological analysis backed by historical experience. It appears the Jewish State is still in the process of fashioning its independence and may have to complete the task in the hot crucible of war. In the meantime, diplomacy will be enlisted to win international legitimacy for the proposed Judicial reforms.