Checks and balances are always greener

How could Knesset hearing make for a better Supreme Court?

November 15, 2011 16:47
Israeli Supreme Court 311

Supreme Court 311. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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At next Sunday's cabinet meeting, a crucial bill put forth by Likud MKs Ze'ev Elkin and Yariv Levin will finally be put for a vote. The bill essentially aims to create a legislative check on the Supreme Court’s power by requiring any candidate to undergo a public hearing in the Knesset Law, Constitution and Justice Committee — which would then have the power to veto the nomination.

The bill’s proponents have dismissed claims that this reform could cause irreparable harm to Israel's democracy, pointing to America as an example, where the Senate must confirm presidential Supreme Court nominations. How could such a process undermine democracy, they ask, if it works so well in the United States?


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