"This is precisely the moment in which our political leadership must feign daring and responsibility and break us out of this crisis," Herzog said.
The reasonableness law was an amendment to a basic law, which the court believes requires a high threshold for the court to nullify.
Reformists and coalition politicians will need to shore up their arguments as to why the court doesn't have the right to engage in a review of basic laws.
The over 12-hour hearing is the culmination of a year of political and legal turmoil for Israel over the first judicial reform legislation to pass into law.
The rhetoric has been high in the streets and the Knesset, with leaders on both sides becoming caricatures and symbols of reviled movements. But the hearing was reasonable.
One petitioner argued that the law violates Israel's democratic principles.
Basic laws lack clear boundaries as the Knesset has failed to pass Basic Law: Legislation to establish the rules for the articles.
Speaking at the historic High Court hearing on Tuesday, Rothman argued the court was overruling the democratic will of the people to choose their elected officials.
The message was displayed on the eve of the High Court of Justice's hearing on the law to abolish the reasonableness standard and in light of Netanyahu's planned visit to New York City next week.
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