Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu outlined his viewpoint on the necessity of judicial changes in Israel in a number of interviews with foreign media organizations.
Netanyahu claimed to be merely attempting to restore the balance of democracy that existed in Israel during its first fifty years of existence, telling Fox News host Mark Levin that the court had “arrogated to itself the powers of the executive and legislative arms during the 1990s.”
Netanyahu also had a conversation with NBC’s Middle East correspondent, Raf Sanchez.
Sanchez received his assurance that “Israel will not experience a civil war. When everything is said and done, people will see this was essential.
Despite all of the opposition protests and demonstrations, Netanyahu claimed that the new law was “worth it” in order to preserve Israel’s democratic nature.
In response to political dissent and calls from military groups and others to abstain from national service, Netanyahu stated, “I think it’s unfortunate that you’ve had reservists that are being lined up for something that involves a political debate,” adding that their participation “politicizes the military.
In response to the question of whether he would abide by the Supreme Court’s decision to invalidate the new law, Netanyahu said that while the government has always respected the court, it has also consistently upheld fundamental laws, and this is the cornerstone of the Israeli government.