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The Norwegian putsch

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Over the last two years, a crucial change has taken place, under the radar, in Israel’s system of government. The change was legally anchored in Amendments 49 and 51 to the Basic Law: Knesset and did not come to the attention of the High Court of Justice. It didn’t bother most Israelis like some other more burning news items do.

Since these changes were brought about by two successive and competing governments, they didn’t give rise to any ideological contention. Each side raised its voice a little when it was in the opposition but did the same thing while in the ruling coalition. But the change is a harmful and corrupting one. It’s called the “expanded Norwegian Law,” but should be called the “Norwegian putsch.”

The Norwegian putsch allows cabinet members and their deputies to resign from the Knesset according to a formula determined by the size of the party they belong to. Replacing them are party members who are further down on the party’s slate of Knesset candidates. The resignations can be reversed if the ministers and deputies cease to be cabinet members or if they have second thoughts, which ejects the........

© Haaretz

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