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Knesset Speaker Edelstein Must Come to His Senses

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The direction Israel’s democracy is taking will be decided to a large extent today. It depends on one man – Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein. Admittedly, he has been acting on behalf of his master, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who refuses to recognize the results of the election. But the decision on whether to obey the High Court of Justice and convene the Knesset on Wednesday to elect a new speaker – or alternatively, to defy the court and cause a constitutional earthquake – rests in his hands alone.

Less than an hour and a half after he informed the justices that he didn’t intend to listen to them, they ruled that Edelstein must convene the Knesset and enable it to vote on replacing him by this Wednesday. The justices threw him a lifeline on Monday so he could extricate himself from the corner into which he had backed himself, in his master’s service,. But Edelstein........

© Haaretz