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EU & UK Lament Judicial Reform Passage


Both the European Union and the United Kingdom have both joined the United States in lamenting the passage of a measure within the controversial package of judicial reforms that limits the Supreme Court's ability to overrule gov't actions it views as unreasonable. The strong words from the EU and UK come in the wake of a similar tone taken by the White House, with Press Sec Karine Jean-Pierre stating that “It is unfortunate that the vote today took place with the slimmest possible majority,”

  • The UK's Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office issued a statement saying that "we urge the Israeli government to build consensus and avoid division, ensuring that a robust system of checks and balances and the independence of Israel’s judiciary are preserved."
  • Meanwhile, an EU spox stated that the bloc " concerned that this bill would limit the Supreme Court’s ability to conduct judicial reviews of government decisions and thus weaken its role and judicial oversight.”
  • The passage of the first measure of the package has seen mass protests escalate, with workers across the healthcare sector becoming the latest to engage in strikes in opposition to the reforms. The gov't has filed an injunction against the Israeli Medical Association's action, but Israeli hospitals are working in reduced 'Shabbat mode' today.

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