Massive protests in Israel continue against Netanyahu’s reform plans | USA TODAY

Opposition to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to overhaul the judiciary continues with thousands protesting and labor unions striking.

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"We are deeply concerned by today’s developments out of Israel, which further underscore the urgent need for compromise," National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson said. "Democratic values have always been, and must remain, a hallmark of the U.S.-Israel relationship."

It follows a phone call between President Joe Biden and Netanyahu a week ago, in which the U.S. president stressed the importance of democracy.

"Democratic societies are strengthened by checks and balances, and fundamental changes to a democratic system should be pursued with the broadest possible base of popular support," the White House said in its Sunday statement.

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