Foreign Minister Eli Cohen has begun briefing influential American officials about the government's judicial reform plan and committed that it will be reached through a widespread agreement, Israel Hayom is reporting.
On Wednesday, Cohen spoke with Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC), one of Israel's more vocal supporters in Congress. On Thursday, he is expected to speak with Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
During their conversation, Cohen told the Senator, "There is widespread agreement in Israel regarding the necessity to reform the judicial system, and it will be done through dialogue and discussion."
He emphasized that "the reforms must be passed while protecting Israel's democratic nature and widespread national agreement. We stand before the great challenge of restoring trust in Israeli democracy.
Israel needs to work with the United States to clarify the issues about disagreements between the two nations. We must work together to strengthen ties based on our shared values and interests. Israel sees great importance in expanding the Abraham accords," added Cohen.
Until now, the Foreign Minister has refrained from discussing the judicial reforms in his diplomatic discussions. Besides the diplomatic significance, his decision to begin discussing the issue is politically significant as well since he is expressing a view that differs from the government's, demanding national agreement on the reform.