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Leading Israeli lawyer: proposed laws undermine democracy

By 12/15/2022 7:30 PMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff

Israel’s attorney general issued a warning on Thursday against a slew of rules that the incoming administration is slated to introduce, claiming that some of them would jeopardize the democratic foundations of the nation.

Gali Baharav- Miara’s remark set up what is anticipated to be a major confrontation between the judicial system, which may see its role as a check on politicians squeezed under the new legislation, and the next government, a far-right coalition likely to be led by former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and supported by ultranationalist and ultra-Orthodox parties.

The coalition agreement is presently being finalized by Netanyahu, who is facing a corruption investigation.

According to reports, Netanyahu has been generous with his potential coalition partners in exchange for reforms that could end his legal problems.

Despite claiming to be the target of a witch hunt by the nation’s legal system, Netanyahu has stated that any reforms will be implemented slowly.

Several legal amendments, including one that would undermine the Supreme Court and let the parliament reject its decisions with a simple majority, have been proposed by the anticipated coalition.

By weakening the Supreme Court and consolidating too much power in a small number of individuals, critics claim that the decision would jeopardize Israel’s democratic ideals and upend the nation’s system of checks and balances.

“We will only use the idea of majority rule,” Baharav-Miara said at a legal symposium at the University of Haifa in northern Israel.”Without judicial monitoring and independent legal guidance.” Democracy is only a word; it is not a reality.

She criticized other laws enacted this week during a long legislative session, claiming they may “destroy the system of checks and balances between the governing powers.”

The rules would make it possible for a politician convicted on tax charges to serve as a Cabinet minister.

They are considered crucial to concluding the deal with Netanyahu’s partners.

They would give two coalition members from the far right more authority over the police and West Bank settlements.

Following the elections on November 1, Netanyahu’s Likud Party and its ultra-Orthodox and far-right allies gained a majority of seats in the Knesset, or parliament, positioning them to establish a new government.

Many scandals involving influential media figures and wealthy allies have put Netanyahu on trial. In three cases, he is accused of fraud, violation of trust, and receiving bribes.

He contests his guilt.

Legislation to remove fraud and breach of trust from Israel’s penal code is one of his partners’ other ideas.

They have proposed dividing the position of attorney general into three parts and assigning political appointees to two of those parts, allowing Netanyahu to pick someone who may drop the charges brought against him.

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