'Israel' divided: Supreme Court rebuffs 'judicial reform' plan
The head of the Israeli occupation’s Supreme Court accuses the so-called "Justice" Minister of initiating an "unrestrained attack on the justice system."
Illustrating the increasingly stark division between Israelis, the president of Israeli occupation’s Supreme Court Esther Hayut, on Thursday, lashed out at the "judicial reform plan" proposed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government, stressing that it “would crush the justice system.”
Hayet begins her speech at a conference of the Israeli Association of Public Law, likely the harshest speech ever delivered by a serving Supreme Court president against a ruling coalition, by noting that "a few days ago, the new justice minister presented a lightning plan for far-reaching changes in the justice system."
“In practice,” she charges, “it amounts to an unrestrained attack on the justice system, as though it was an enemy that had to be rushed and defeated.”
“With great cynicism, the architects of the plan call it a plan to correct the judicial system.’ And I say, it is a plan to crush the judicial system. It is intended to deliver a fatal blow to the independence and autonomy of the judicial system and silence it,” she added.
“This conclusion is clear,” Hayut stressed, "both from the way in which the justice minister chose to present his plan and from its content and essence. There is no other way to understand the dramatic press conference that the minister chose to arrange just days after he took office in which he presented his plan."
“Democracy includes the defense of the individual and his freedom, and guarantees that majority rule does not become a tyranny of the majority,” the occupation's Supreme Court President concluded by saying.
The big picture
Political divisions in "Israel" between the government and the opposition are escalating in light of the exchange of accusations of responsibility for the possible outbreak of an "internal war", as "Israel" is witnessing demonstrations by thousands of settlers against the government of Benjamin Netanyahu.
This comes shortly after leaders within the Israeli occupation spoke about the ongoing division in "Israel" exposed by the results of the latest legislative elections.
Israeli occupation President Isaac Herzog said during a speech on the 27th anniversary of the killing of former Israeli occupation Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin that "the complicated political status quo in Israel poses somewhat of a historic challenge for us."
Meanwhile, former Israeli occupation Security Minister Benny Gantz called on Sunday Israeli settlers to take to the streets in protest of changes to the Israeli "judicial" system that Benjamin Netanyahu's government proposed.
The demonstrators repeated chants against the new Israeli occupation government and some of its extremist ministers such as Police Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir and Finance Minister Betzalel Smotrich, as per Israeli media.
Following his November 1 election win, Netanyahu took office late last month at the head of a coalition with extreme-right and Zionist parties, some of whose officials now head key ministries. The new occupation government has announced intentions to pursue a policy of settlement expansion in the occupied West Bank.
It is noteworthy that late last month, hundreds had taken to the streets in occupied Palestine, namely outside the Knesset, to protest the swearing-in of the new Netanyahu government.