Justice Minister Tzipi Livni on Tuesday empowered a newly sworn-in group of
judges, reminding them of their duty to hold the Knesset
“[The] Knesset operates according to the principle of the
majority, but the job of the Supreme Court is to ensure that the Knesset abides
by the values of justice, and therefore, one needs to defend it.”
said her comments were directed at “those who want to claim that the power of
the majority in the Knesset is greater than the power of the courts,” at the
annual swearing in ceremony for new judges.
The justice minister recently
told The Jerusalem Post
that she believes the courts are under attack by an
alliance of haredim who do not recognize the court’s authority in general, along
with those who wish to impose their policy views on the country regardless of
minority rights and justice without the courts interfering.
indicated that she would strongly defend the courts against such outside
interference and attacks on their authority.
She added that the new
judges should ignore what is said about them by “politicians and in the media”
and focus on their “inner conscience” to know what is right in each
At the same time, Livni said that the judges should not be afraid
from oversight within the system to encourage positive trends and remove
negative trends and those judges responsible.
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