Demonstrators have rallied for five weeks in a row to voice their discontent with the judicial reforms proposed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government. Netanyahu faces a trial on corruption charges. While he denies any wrongdoing, his opponents say the reforms are personally motivated.
The top diplomat's visit comes amid heightened tensions after Israeli soldiers sealed off the family home Sunday of a 21-year-old Palestinian, Khayri Alqam, who killed seven people near a synagogue in east Jerusalem on Friday.
Israel’s government says a power imbalance has given judges and legal advisers too much sway over law-making and governance. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged to press on with the changes despite the opposition.
Rockets were fired by Gaza militants overnight as tensions soared following an Israeli raid in the occupied West Bank that killed nine Palestinians, including at least seven militants and a 61-year-old woman.
President Joe Biden's National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan reaffirms Washington's commitment to Israel as he becomes the first senior US official to visit the country since Benjamin Netanyahu began governing in coalition with the far-right.