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Justice Meir Shamgar’s Legacy

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Former Supreme Court President Meir Shamgar, who died Friday at the age of 94, represented a complex worldview that incorporated the many tensions in Israeli society. He supported Israel as a Jewish state while also standing up for its liberal-democratic character. Shamgar had a commitment to Israel’s security, but also to minority and human rights.

He advocated a free economy, but not at the expense of looking after the common citizens and their well-being. Shamgar derived a deep commitment from Israel’s Jewish foundations to “an exemplary society based on the principles of human rights, justice, integrity, liberty and equal opportunity.”

It’s difficult to imagine a greater contrast between Shamgar’s values and his legal outlook, and that of the anti-liberal government headed by Benjamin Netanyahu, which has turned its back on the legacy of Ze’ev........

© Haaretz