Coalition and opposition members railed against coalition chairman Yariv Levin
(Likud Beytenu) and Bayit Yehudi faction chairwoman Ayelet Shaked’s planned
reforms to the judiciary on Monday.
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni
responded to a bill that calls for the Knesset to vote for the Supreme Court
president and his or her deputy. Livni said such proposals proved that Hatnua’s
presence in the coalition is “critical to the future of Israel.”
an intentional assault on the High Court. We will defend the courts’ role
in democracy,” she stated.
“You can have a dispute with the court, but
you can’t destroy it.”
Finance Minister Yair Lapid echoed Livni’s
statements, speaking out against the “attack on the High Court.”
hesitations about judicial activism, but there’s a difference between criticism
and trying to destroy the court,” he said.
Opposition leader Shelly
Yacimovich (Labor) said the bills are “meant to make judges afraid of
politicians and dependent on them.”
On Monday, Shaked denied that the
bills cause any harm to the High Court’s standing.
“Judicial activism in
its current form and power hurt the balance between the branches of government
and their functions.
We need an open public discourse on this matter,”
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