Right-wing MKs may have sounded off Wednesday against their Arab counterparts who attended Hamas-Fatah unity celebrations in Cairo, but on the eve of the Knesset’s Summer Session, it seems that it is the Supreme Court, and not Arab MKs, that will take most of the blows from the right.
Channel 10 news reported Wednesday night that with the anticipated retirement of Chief Justice Dorit Beinish approaching, the fight over the nature of the high court is likely to be played out in the Knesset. Legislative initiatives expected to be brought forward by MKs during the summer session include changing the system of “seniority” by which the Chief Justice is selected, removing the chief justice’s authority to make temporary judicial appointments and to increase the number of justices serving in the Supreme Court. The last is expected to be advanced by MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union), in an attempt to raise the number of justices to 18 from the current 14. There are traditionally 12 justices on the Supreme Court, but the number is ultimately determined by Knesset resolution. Knesset Committee Chairman Yariv Levin (Likud) and MK Uri Ariel (National Union), who is a Knesset representative on the Judicial Appointments Committee, are expected to be active in the summer’s legislative drive.