(photo credit: Idan Gross )
Opposition leader Tzipi Livni on Monday spoke out about a spate of new
proposed legislation which she labeled "Draconian and anti-Zionist
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The Kadima leader made the comments at a Knesset discussion of a bill
by which any justice appointed by the Supreme Court president would
face a public hearing in the Knesset Law, Constitution and Justice
Committee, which would have the right to disqualify the judge from
serving in the High Court. However, Livni also attacked as
anti-democratic two bills limiting the ability of foreign governments and international organizations to contribute to Israeli NGOs.
"If all these bills succeed, the govt will be able to do whatever it wants," Livni told the Knesset.
She accused Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu of acting out of fear of the "right-wing extremists" in his coalition.
Livni stated that it should be the Knesset's role "to defend Israel as a
Jewish and democratic state, not to turn us into a dark dictatorship
that silences those critical of the government."
The Opposition leader called for "a front with members of all factions
to make this voice heard and fight the attempt to take over Israel."