Israeli PM Signals He Will Continue Judicial Reform Efforts
Benjamin Netanyahu the Prime Minister of Israel was quoted as saying on Sunday that he would work to change the committee that chooses judges during a wave of protests over legislation that could see the highest court lose many of its powers. This follows a flurry of protests against the proposed legislation.
When asked about the next stage of judicial legislation, Netanyahu said that it would probably concern the makeup of the committee that chooses judges. He told several news organizations that this is essentially everything that is left.
He did not elaborate, but he stated that there were other reasons why he believed that legislation should not be passed.
Those in favor of the legislation argue that it will bring about a return to a balanced relationship between the three branches of government, while opponents argue that it will remove important checks and balances on government power. The proposed reform of the judicial system has been met with opposition and criticism on a national and international scale.
This past month, the coalition was successful in passing legislation that took away the power of the courts to overturn actions taken by the government because those actions were deemed to be “unreasonable.”
Netanyahu told Bloomberg that he did not want the government to interfere in the decisions that were made by the central bank and that he was considering asking the current director to remain in his position. Netanyahu also stated that he would consider asking the current director to remain in his position.