Bennett, Shaked kick-off constitutional revolution against High Court
Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked initiated late Thursday a counter constitutional revolution to push back against recent decisions by the High Court of Justice.
The proposed assault on the judiciary by two of Bayit Yehudiâs top leaders has two main prongs.
First, they propose a basic law redefining the parameters of the balance between Israelâs democratic and Jewish principles to lean more in favor of Jewish principles.
Shaked has spoken about this potential move on numerous occasions, explaining that it would authorize the court to take into account the stateâs Jewish character as a primary principle in deciding issues related to African migrants. Until now, the question of Israelâs Jewish character has been raised before the High Court, but relegated to a side issue.< br/>Second, a new basic law regarding legislation would both create a mechanism for the Knesset to override the High Court if the court strikes a law as well as declaring special procedures for laws which the court would not have the power to strike.
Recently, the court has come under heavy fire after it struck Knesset laws relating to migrants, exempting Haredim from IDF service, protecting the residency of east Jerusalemites who had a political affiliation with Hamas and the legality of replacing the annual budget with a two-year budget.
Former Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said that Bennett and Shaked want to "destroy our democracy and our Supreme Court." She said the time has come to stand before the Bayit Yehudi's legal bulldozer.
Former Peace Now Secretary-General Yariv Oppenheimer said Bennett and Shaked had "declared war on the Supreme Court and attempted to make the court toothless."
Oppenheimer called upon Kulanu leader Moshe Kahlon to stop Bayit Yehudi from harming the court.
Zionist Union MK Itzik Shmuly accused the pair of "trolling the courts." "Only in a dark dictatorship is the Supreme Court subjugated to political gimmicks."
Joint Arab List MK Ahmed Tibi said that "the proposal is dangerous to democracy and the rule of law," and accused the government of trampling basic rights. He said that the proposal would remove what is left of the democracy in Israel.
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