National Security Advisor Tzachi Hanegbi on Wednesday evening commented on the crisis in relations between the United States and Israel, and said that there is a rather unusual involvement of the United States in Israel's internal affairs.
Hanegbi told Kan 11 News in an interview that the US involvement does not stand alone, and that other leaders from countries that are friendly to Israel wish for the difficult and painful saga to pass.
He added that "relationships have always had ups and downs. President Biden, like every Israeli, is troubled by this public controversy that has burdened us all, and he is happy that there is calm and an attempt to reach understanding."
Hanegbi said that "the American approach does not interfere that much in what the understandings in Israel will ultimately be."He added that "they really want us to come to an agreement."
Regarding President Biden's message to Netanyahu, Hanegbi said, "I read the transcript of the conversation between Biden and the Prime Minister, and the President told him, 'I trust you to find a way to reach compromises.'"
Hanegbi’s comments come a day after Biden offered very harsh criticism of Israel, saying he is “very concerned” about the goings on in light of the judicial reform and adding, “They cannot continue down this road.”
Biden also added he will not be inviting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House in the near term.
Netanyahu later responded to Biden and said, “The alliance between Israel and the United States is unbreakable and always overcomes the occasional disagreements between us.”
He also stressed that “Israel is a sovereign country which makes its decisions by the will of its people and not based on pressures from abroad, including from the best of friends.”
On Wednesday, US National Security Council spokesman John Kirby was asked about the angry reactions of some Israeli officials at pressure from the Biden administration on the judicial reform issue and replied, "Israel is a democracy and a sovereign state, of course. And sovereign states make sovereign decisions."
"Our whole point about this and our whole concern is that we'd like to see decisions made there with a good friend like Israel, that are in keeping with consensus and that can be done with the broadest possible base of public support. Because that's one of the key components of a democracy, and Israel is a democracy. It's one of the great things that our two countries share, some basic fundamental democratic institutions and principles," he said.