The court’s holding establishes the revolutionary principle that the Knesset, even when sitting as a constituent authority, cannot amend the constitution unless the court approves it.
Though Israel technically has no constitution, the Knesset has passed a series of basic laws since the 1990s with quasi-constitutional status.
Young democracy challenged as parliament and head of state collide.
There are questions about whether a president's broad executive clemency powers under the US Constitution would permit such action.
There are two ways to remove a president from office: the 25th Amendment of the US Constitution and impeachment followed by a Senate conviction.
Tells court it has nor authority to vacate a Basic Law
"This is the right thing to do, and it distinguishes us as a nation," head of the Knesset's Constitution Committee, MK Yaakov Asher, said.
He said the current constitution needed reforming as too much power was concentrated in the hands of the president and that there would be "trouble" if he handed over the reins now.