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For the Sake of Democracy, Israel Must Not Weaken Its High Court

19 3 12

It’s no great comfort that the political crisis between the Likud and Kulanu parties, which fought over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposal to remove the High Court of Justice’s authority to invalidate laws, ended on a relatively weak note Sunday when Netanyahu and Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon agreed to set up a ministerial committee to decide how to limit the court’s power.

On the eve of the country’s 70th anniversary, Netanyahu is prepared to sacrifice the last assets of Israeli democracy to assure himself another term, and there’s no one in his government to stop him – not even Kahlon, who, although he blocked Netanyahu’s far-reaching proposal, is still participating in the delegitimization of the High Court and in initiatives to “overcome” its rulings.

The fear of being labeled “leftist” has........

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