Kamala Harris
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US Vice President Kamala Harris commented on the judicial reform in Israel as part of an interview she gave to the Politico website on Tuesday.

“As the president has said, an independent judiciary is foundational for a democracy,” said Harris on the Israeli plan. “And I think that there is no question that we need to make sure that that is supported in terms of what we talk about [and] in terms of our values.”

Harris’ comments come days after US President Joe Biden weighed in on the judicial reform, in a statement he sent to Thomas Friedman of The New York Times.

“The genius of American democracy and Israeli democracy is that they are both built on strong institutions, on checks and balances, on an independent judiciary,” Biden wrote.

“Building consensus for fundamental changes is really important to ensure that the people buy into them so they can be sustained,” the President added.

Axios reported recently that White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan, in a private meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his visit to Israel, raised the Israeli government’s plan to overhaul the country's judicial system.

US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides was recently asked in an interview with Kan 11 News about Justice Minister Yariv Levin’s judicial reforms and replied, “I’m not here to involve ourselves in the judicial process of Israel. The Israeli people don’t want to be lectured by America.”

Nides added, “We have shared values. We’ll let the Israeli public articulate their support or their dismay. That’s up to them. It’s not up to the United States to be commenting on the judicial issues that they face.”