Israel's Supreme Court Chief Justice spars with Justice Minister Shaked

This is not the first time Naor has sparred with Shaked.

May 29, 2017 18:19
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Miriam Naor

Miriam Naor. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

Supreme Court Chief Justice Miriam Naor sent Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked a harsh letter on Monday regarding the appointment of a new chief justice.

According to the contents of the letter, Naor has demanded that Shaked appoint Supreme Court Justice Esther Hayut as the next chief justice.

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The delay in the announcement of the appointment seemingly stems from disagreement as to who will replace retiring justices Yoram Danziger and Uri Shoham.

This is not the first time Naor has sparred with Shaked. In November 2016, Naor severed ties with Shaked, saying she had placed a “gun on the table” with regard to threats made through the media – apparently at the behest of Shaked – to push legislation that would allow the justice minister and others in the political echelon to appoint judges against the Supreme Court’s wishes.

“I am compelled to notify you,” Naor wrote Shaked, “that, along with Deputy Supreme Court President [Elyakim] Rubinstein and Justice [Salim] Joubran, we have no intention of continuing to have preliminary discussions and consult with you at this time with regard to formulating a list of candidates and with regard to possible compromises.”

Jerusalem Post staff contributed to this report.

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