Education Minister Gideon Sa'ar_311.
(photo credit: Muki Schwartz)
Education minister Gideon Sa’ar said Monday the Supreme Court judiciary should reflect the country’s diverse population and called for a Sephardi justice to be appointed.
Sa’ar said that since the Judicial Appointments Committee decided to postpone its decision to appoint new justices Sunday, speaking at the Forum of Deputy Mayors in Eilat, the education minister said it was now expected that a Sephardi candidate would be put forward for the Supreme Court judiciary.
“I am of the opinion that the Supreme Court cannot be without a Sephardi
justice,” said Sa’ar. “It is not possible that the new candidates list
won’t include a Sephardi judge. [The Supreme Court] is not an
institution that is elected, but it certainly should reflect all
communities and the diversity of personalities and opinions.”
Since justice Edmund Levi retired in October, there are no Sephardi justices in the Supreme Court.