Bill would allow MKs to veto Supreme Court appointees

Likud MKs Elkin and Levin propose law requiring public hearing to "prevent post-Zionist judges from being appointed."

July 13, 2011 13:58
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Israeli Supreme Court 311

Supreme Court 311. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Coalition chair MK Ze'ev Elkin (Likud) and MK Yariv Levin (Likud) proposed on Wednesday a bill allowing the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee to veto appointments of Supreme Court judges.

The bill came in response to petitions to the High Court to veto the "Boycott Bill," and statements by Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein and Knesset legal advisor Eyal Yinon that the new anti-boycott measure would be difficult to defend.

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Levin and Elkin's bill states that every judge and president appointed to the Supreme Court would be subjected to a public hearing in the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee. Any appointment vetoed by the committee will not be able to serve in the Supreme Court.

"This law will break the hegemony of the radical left-wing elite in the justice system and return the sovereignty of the people and the Knesset to democratic life in Israel," Levin said.

"Whoever vetoes laws should have to stand before the public and be chosen in a transparent and democratic process," Levin said. "This law will prevent the method in which Supreme Court judges appoint their friends to the bench, and will prevent judges with post-Zionist agendas from being appointed."

Levin added that the bill "has a special importance because a new Supreme Court President will be chosen in the next few months. This will end the 'seniority method' that exists today."

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