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How to Destroy the High Court

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25.04.2018

The High Court of Justice is a significant piece on Benjamin Netanyahu’s political chessboard. Its authority to overrule laws passed by the Knesset enables the prime minister to recklessly promote an extremist right-wing agenda on the assumption that the court will act as the responsible adult and block it.

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This way he can assuage protests by residents of south Tel Aviv, float populist promises to bypass High Court resolutions and indefinitely lock up asylum seekers who refuse to leave (using various proposed “anti-infiltration” laws), or support legislation allowing retroactive expropriation of private Palestinian land just because Israel wishes to do so. What does Netanyahu care? He profits even when the High Court strikes down these laws, which allows him to channel public anger and........

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