Knesset flip-flops on High Court ruling

Decision in favor of targeted killings shocks left wing while earning praise from right-wing parties.

IAF strike 298 ap (photo credit: AP)
IAF strike 298 ap
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The Knesset's opinion of the High Court flip-flopped on Thursday, as the court's ruling in favor of the IDF's policy of targeted killings shocked the left wing while earning praise from the right-wing parties. "The High Court has given its approval of execution without trial and of war crimes. The matter should be brought before an international court, since it is not an internal Israeli matter," Knesset member Jamal Zahalka (Balad) said. Earlier this week, it was the right-wing MKs who were slamming the High Court for its reversal of the "intifada law," while left-wing and Arab MKs praised the court's "new liberal path." "After a brief respite the High Court returned to its security-oriented stance, which since 1967 has authorized expropriation, expulsion, uprooting and assassinations," said MK Ahmed Tibi (United Arab List). MK Zehava Gal-On (Meretz) added that the court should forbid assassinations because they are extrajudicial executions. Meanwhile, the same right-wing MKs who slammed the court earlier this week and who had called for curbing its authority praised Thursday's ruling as "right and just." "Targeted killing is an efficient and moral operational tool, which allows states to defend themselves against those who wish to reek destruction and death," said MK Effi Eitam (National Union-National Religious Party). Likud MK Yuval Steinitz also welcomed the decision, saying that Israel was obliged to defend its citizens, and called for limiting the High Court's authority to intervene on matters of war and peace.