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A Self-evident Law

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Nothing is more self-evident than a law that bars someone who has been indicted for criminal offenses from being able to form a government or serve as its head. In a properly run country, the memorandum of the proposed legislation issued by Justice Minister Gideon Saar would have been welcomed across the board. That should be the case especially in Israel, which is still in the midst of a shaky recovery from its years under the rule of criminal defendant Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

If there is something disturbing in this legislation, it’s the question of what and who those who oppose it are protecting. They argue that the law is retroactive, despite the fact that, if the legislation passes, it will only go into force with the next Knesset. In other words, the law isn’t........

© Haaretz

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