Heritage Minister Amichai Eliyahu (Otzma Yehudit) criticized the Supreme Court’s ruling on the “Tiberias Law” on Sunday and voiced concern that the court may decide to throw out the government’s last-week-enacted changes to the reasonableness criteria.
The so-called “Tiberias Law” enables the chairman of a caretaker committee to stand for office in the city he represents. Since former mayor Ron Kobi was deposed and replaced by interior minister Deri, Tiberias has been governed by such an appointed committee.
The law’s detractors had argued that it unfairly favored the incumbent and involved the Interior Ministry in local municipality management.
The Basic Law: The Judiciary was modified by the revisions to the reasonableness standard.
A collection of laws known as the Basic Laws is meant to eventually come together to constitute Israel’s constitution.
Several organizations and political activists have asked the court to strike down the government’s legal amendments.
In addition, the court is scheduled to hear petitions for the resignation of Prime Minister Netanyahu because of his conflict of interest with respect to the judicial changes.
Members of the ruling coalition who had demanded her expulsion were enraged when the Attorney General declared that she would not be defending the prime minister against these petitions.
A son of Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, Minister Eliyahu stated on 103 FM Radio that “everyone realizes that the Supreme Court does not have the legal competence to reject laws.
It’s not like it suddenly acquired that power. There is still a difference between invalidating a regular law and invalidating a Basic Law. Its authority was assumed for itself in the 1990s.