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Netanyahu's Illegal Experiment

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When it appeared on Monday as though Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has failed (at least so far) in his desperate attempt to recruit U.S. President Donald Trump to his side, it became clear that the Likud-sponsored uproar surrounding the use of cameras at polling stations was designed for one purpose: To conduct a dry run. With the illegal step of disobeying the attorney general and the court’s decisions, Netanyahu is checking how determined are the public, the police and the legal apparatus to resist him in the event that he loses the election and decides not to accept the outcome.

The concrete reason for this test is of secondary importance. This time the excuse is the opinion of the attorney general and the chairman of the Central Elections Committee, Justice Hanan Melcer. If a petition is submitted to the High Court of Justice against the proposed bill to allow cameras at polling stations, we can assume that Netanyahu and Likud will spark a new scandal. They will demand an immediate political decision contradicting the court’s ruling, in order to see if their deliberate violation of the rule of law will be approved in the........

© Haaretz