PM Netanyahu and High Court president Beinisch_390.
(photo credit: Moshe Milner/GPO)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu paid a rare prime ministerial visit to the
Supreme Court on Sunday to meet and express publicly his appreciation for the
outgoing president of the court, Dorit Beinisch.
Beinisch will retire
February 28, and be succeeded by Asher Dan Grunis.
In a meeting with all
the Supreme Court justices, Netanyahu thanked Beinisch, and said she served
“beautifully” during a difficult period, even though she was unable to respond
directly to her critics.
“I think the independence of the courts is
something obvious and necessary,” Netanyahu said. “In Israel the court was, and
will remain, independent,” Netanyahu said. “Any attempts to harm the
independence of the courts will fall. I shelved any proposal intended to harm or
in any way cut into the independence of the court.”
Beinisch said she was
moved by Netanyahu’s comments.
“Maybe everyone doesn’t always know it,
but in very difficult moments... I was very concerned that harm could be done to
our system,” Beinisch said to Netanyahu. “And I knew that, as you said today,
your background, world view, and everything you represent would not allow any
harm come to the court.”
Beinisch said that both professionally and
personally she knew Netanyahu would not abandon the court.
important,” she said. “We are strong, very strong, but we also need the backing
of the responsible authorities, and I felt that existed.”
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