Sunday, May 6, 2018

Bill limiting Supreme Court set to advance

Gil Hoffman, The Jerusalem Post; see also (1)

Image from article, with caption: A statue of Supreme Court President Miriam Naor stands outside the Supreme Court, August 31, 2017.

The Ministerial Committee on Legislation is scheduled to vote on Sunday to advance a bill that would limit the power of the Supreme Court. ...

American legal scholar Alan Dershowitz pleaded with Netanyahu to not advance the bill, in an interview with Channel 1 legal correspondent Tamar Almog. Dershowitz, who is close to Netanyahu, warned that limiting the power of the Supreme Court would harm Israeli public-diplomacy [JB emphasis] efforts.

“The Israeli judiciary is the jewel of Israeli democracy,” Dershowitz said. “When I make the case for Israel around the world, I always focus on the strength of the judiciary. It would be a terrible tragedy if its independence would be in any way diminished by the actions of the Knesset. I hope the prime minister will not allow politics to harm the rule of law.” ...

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