US Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) slammed US President Joe Biden and accused him of funding anti-government protests in Israel.
"Utterly disgraceful. Biden gleefully hosts anti-American radicals like Lula, while shunning close American allies like Netanyahu," Cruz tweeted today (Wednesday). "It's clear that Biden and his officials are high from funding what they believe to be successful anti-government protests in Israel."
On Tuesday, Biden said of the controversy surrounding the Israeli government's planned judicial reforms: “Like many strong supporters of Israel, I'm very concerned. I'm concerned that they get this straight. They cannot continue down this road. I've sort of made that clear.”
Biden added he would not invite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House in the near term.
Netanyahu responded by speaking of his long friendship with Biden, the strength of the US-Israel relationship, and Israel’s rights as a sovereign nation.
“I have known President Biden for over 40 years, and I appreciate his longstanding commitment to Israel. The alliance between Israel and the United States is unbreakable and always overcomes the occasional disagreements between us.”
“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,” Netanyahu added.
Earlier today, a senior Biden Administration official told the left-leaning Forward newspaper that Netanyahu had made a “gross miscalculation" in his handling of the judicial reform issue.