FM: High Court shouldn't intervene in Knesset decisions

Lieberman expresses support of controversial Boycott Law, which could be overturned by the High Court pending petition by left-wing group.

July 13, 2011 12:07
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 Foreign Minister and Israel Beiteinu party chairm

avigdor lieberman 311. (photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Wednesday said that the High Court of Justice should "not intervene in the Knesset's legislative process."

Lieberman made the comments in connection to the newly passed Boycott Law, which could potentially be overturned by the High Court. A petition against the law was submitted to the High Court by Gush Shalom on Tuesday.

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Lieberman's fellow Israel Beiteinu minister, Uzi Landau, suggested in an interview with Israel Radio on Wednesday the possibility of legislation which would limit the High Court's input on Knesset decisions.

The foreign minister called the Boycott Law "a correct law and an important law," and suggested that those who opposed the measure were only looking at the surface of the issue.

"We cannot ask others to stop boycotts if we do not do the same," Lieberman stated.

Lieberman expressed disappointment with the fact that coalition discipline in favor of the Boycott Bill had been decided upon prior to the vote, yet Defense Minister Ehud Barak's Independence faction, a member of the coalition, had abstained from voting.

The foreign minister said that he hoped there would be coalition discipline on the Knesset vote on an Israel Beiteinu-sponsored bill calling to establish parliamentary inquiry committees to investigate left-wing NGOs and their funding. Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin announced on Tuesday that the Knesset will vote on the bill next week.

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