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Netanyahu tells Biden Israel democracy safe regarding judicial plans

Then US Vice President Joe Biden (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu give joint statements to press in Jerusalem on March 9, 2016 [DEBBIE HILL/AFP via Getty Images]
US President Joe Biden (L) and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on 9 March 2016 [DEBBIE HILL/AFP/Getty Images]

Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, spoke with US President, Joe Biden, on Sunday about a proposed judicial overhaul in Israel and said that the country would remain a "strong and vibrant democracy," Netanyahu's office said, Reuters reports.

The two leaders also spoke about the "Iranian threat", his office said in a statement, but it did not elaborate.

Netanyahu is pursuing changes to the judiciary that would give his government greater sway on selecting judges and limit the power of the Supreme Court to strike down legislation.

Critics of the planned law changes say Netanyahu – on trial on graft charges that he denies – is pursuing steps that will hurt Israel's democratic checks and balances, enable corruption and bring diplomatic isolation.

Proponents say the changes are needed to curb what they deem an activist judiciary that interferes in politics.

READ: US investors warn Israel judicial overhaul will prevent future investments

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