Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch 311.
(photo credit: Dudi Vaknin / Pool)
Court President Dorit Beinish spoke out against recent legislation that
would affect the court, saying that for several years, politicians have
conducted a campaign "aimed at weakening the judicial system, headed by
the Supreme Court," during a speech to the annual conference of the The
Israeli Association of Public Law held at the Dead Sea on Thursday.Beinish
also specifically addressed one of the recently proposed laws aimed at
the courts, which would require the Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee to vet candidates to the Supreme Court. MKs
supporting the legislation have pointed to similar hearings held for
nominees to the United States Supreme Court.
the past five years, Beinish said, there has been "a campaign of
delegitimization, led by a number of politicians, members of Knesset and
even government ministers who are taking advantage of their immunity
and broadcasting to the public erroneous and deceptive information that
has deteriorated into incitement directed at the court, against its
judges and against its judicial workers."
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The "campaign of
deception," she added, "in its nature, permeates and poisons. There is
overt incitement against the court and its judges."
The supreme court president asked if those same politicians "are also
proposing to adopt the unchallengeable respect for the American Supreme
The composition and purview of the Supreme Court, as well as the process
of appointing Supreme Court judges, has in recent weeks been the focus
of intense national debate. Some argue that proposed legislation related
to the courts is ideologically motivated and meant to curb its
independence; while others, who believe the court has a left-wing bias,
argue that these measures are designed to bring it closer to the
Earlier this week, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu pledged to “protect
the independence of the courts, which is a necessary condition to our
existence here. This is no less important than security or economics,”
speaking to a convention of state attorneys in Eilat Tuesday.
Herb Keinon contributed to this report.