Using a straw man to attack Supreme Court reforms

Likud’s proposed bills wouldn’t harm judicial independence, only the court’s excess powers.

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May 5, 2015 13:05
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The Supreme Court. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said his new government aspires to enact legislation to restrain the Supreme Court. But this weekend, his spokesman said Netanyahu “consistently championed the independence of Israel’s judiciary” for three terms and will “do so vigorously during his fourth term as well.”

So one of those two statements is clearly a lie – at least according to former Supreme Court President Aharon Barak, current Supreme Court President Miriam Naor, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein and President Reuven Rivlin, all of whom last week assailed the Likud party’s proposals as undermining the court’s independence and even democracy itself.

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