Israeli Parliament Limits Supreme Court’s Power Amid Protests

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Israeli Parliament Limits Supreme Court’s Power Amid Protests

Jerusalem, July 25, 2023 – The Israeli Parliament passed a law on Monday limiting the Supreme Court’s power to overturn government decisions. The law, which was passed by a vote of 64-0, was met with protests from opposition lawmakers and legal experts, who warned that it would undermine the independence of the judiciary.

The law, which is part of a broader judicial reform package proposed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, would replace the current “reasonableness” standard with a more restrictive “rationality” standard. This means that the Supreme Court would no longer be able to strike down government decisions simply because they are not in the public interest. Instead, the court would only be able to overturn decisions that are irrational or illogical.

Netanyahu has argued that the law is necessary to restore balance to the Israeli legal system and to prevent the Supreme Court from overstepping its authority. However, critics have accused the prime minister of trying to silence his critics and to consolidate his own power.

The law has been met with widespread protests from opposition lawmakers and legal experts. On Monday, thousands of people took to the streets of Jerusalem to protest the law, and several arrests were made.

“This law is a direct attack on the independence of the judiciary,” said Tamar Zandberg, a leading opposition lawmaker. “It is a dangerous step that will have a chilling effect on free speech and democracy in Israel.”

Legal experts have also warned that the law could have far-reaching consequences. “This law will make it much more difficult for the Supreme Court to protect the rights of citizens,” said Michael Sfard, a prominent human rights lawyer. “It is a major setback for democracy in Israel.”

It is unclear how the law will be implemented, and it is possible that it will face legal challenges. However, the passage of the law is a major victory for Netanyahu and his supporters, and it is likely to have a significant impact on the Israeli legal system.

Israeli House passes law to limit judicial power amid protests

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