Netanyahu and Levin
Netanyahu and LevinYonatan Sindel/Flash 90

Senior officials in the coalition are claiming that the judicial reform is “dead” and have been referring to in the past tense, with the understanding that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided not to promote it, Kan 11 News reported on Friday.

According to the report, the decisive factor that caused Netanyahu to back down from the judicial reform was the political pressure from the White House, among other things the fact that President Joe Biden has not yet invited him to Washington.

Biden recently 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 Netanyahu to the White House in the near term.

Earlier this week, White House national security spokesperson John Kirby told reporters that a visit by Netanyahu to the White House had not yet been scheduled but he expects one to take place “at some point”.

According to Friday’s report, Justice Minister Yariv Levin does not intend to resign from his position despite the fact that the judicial reform appears to be off the table.

In conversations with political parties, Levin said that if there is no change in the composition of the Judicial Selection Committee, in the composition of the Supreme Court judges and in the abolition of the seniority system when it comes to judicial appointments, it would be better to shelve the proposal than to compromise.This is, among other things, due to the fact that an agreement in the talks being held in the President's Residence will harm Levin from a political standpoint.

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