The High Court versus the voters

Voters rejected court dictates on whom to elect, but the court has threatened to annul their choices.

October 29, 2013 12:36
Jerusalem residents queue to vote during the local elections,  Oct. 22, 2013.

Voters Jerusalem elections 2013 370. (photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem)

One frequently asked question about last week’s municipal elections is why three mayors indicted for corruption were all handily reelected. Though several factors contributed to this outcome, one deserves special attention: the outrageous overreach of our self-appointed guardian of public morality, the High Court of Justice.

In the last five weeks before the elections, the court ousted three mayors due to the indictments against them: Ramat Hasharon’s Yitzhak Rochberger, Upper Nazareth’s Shimon Gapso and Bat Yam’s Shlomo Lahiani. Allowing an indicted mayor to continue serving, the court asserted, would undermine public faith in government.


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