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Israel's far-right ministers dig deeper hole in Washington by attacking Harris

After provocations on the part of National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir, Minister of National Missions Orit Strook and Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, Foreign Minister Eli Cohen was the one to clash this week with the Biden administration.
Kamala Harris

TEL AVIV — Foreign Minister Eli Cohen found himself in a minor crisis on Wednesday after criticizing US Vice President Kamala Harris, adding yet another layer to the Israeli government's already chaotic foreign policy.

Cohen’s trouble was the latest in a long list of diplomatic spats between officials in the Netanyahu government and the Biden administration. 

Harris delivered a staunch pro-Israel address in Washington at a June 6 event at the Israeli Embassy, pledging that the Biden administration would “continue to stand for the values that have been the bedrock of the US-Israel relationship … both built on strong institutions, checks and balances and, I’ll add, an independent judiciary.” 

According to Ynet, which cited an "American source familiar with the details," Harris added the final two words upon being informed that Knesset member Simcha Rothman, one of the architects of the government’s deeply contentious judicial overhaul plan, was in the audience.

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