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(photo credit: Moshe Milner/GPO)
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Tuesday welcomed Asher Grunis as
the new president of the Supreme Court, saying that under his leadership
he was sure the court would continue to serve as an example of justice
to the world.
Grunis was being sworn in as the tenth president of the Supreme Court, replacing Dorit Beinisch.
have all the needed qualities to lead the justice system at this
important juncture and I promise to grant you all the help that you will
need," Netanyahu said of Grunis.
Netanyahu emphasized the
importance of maintaining the independence of the justice system in
order that Israel remain a vital democracy.
"Not in every place is there a strong justice system, nor are rights guaranteed," Netanyahu
said. He stated that the court helped Israel serve as an example to the
world on how to balance civil rights and security.
praised Beinisch for her work as Supreme Court president. "The attacks
against you and against the court did not succeed," Netanyahu stated,
praising Beinisch for protecting the status of the court. Netanyahu
said that Beinisch was a "trailblazer," who became the first woman
president of the Supreme Court.
President Shimon Peres also
spoke at the ceremony welcoming Grunis to his new role. "I'm sure you
will fortify the status of the Supreme court," the president stated.
called Grunis an "experienced and professional" justice and stated that
she was leaving a strong justice system behind her.
British Ambassador to Israel Matthew Gould and US Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro also spoke at the event, praising Beinisch for her work as Supreme Court president.
Grunis himself said at the ceremony that the Supreme
Court and the entire justice system must ensure that the legislative and
executive branches of government respect the rights of the individual
and work for the general interest.
He praised Beinisch for protecting
the independence of the court against attempts to weaken it.