At the beginning of the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu again spoke out against bills that would limit the power of the High Court of Justice.
Netanyahu was referring to a bill put forward by Likud MK Danny Danon to limit the ability of foreign governments to fund High Court petitions filed by nongovernmental organizations as well as a bill that would require candidates to serve on the High Court to face hearings in the Knesset Law Committee. "The courts in Israel are one of the cornerstones of democracy," Netanyahu explained.
The prime minister also rejected the notion that the judicial institution is "rotten", and said that the courts are important and vital for healthy democratic life. "We will safeguard the courts and we will not allow them to be harmed," he stressed.