Israeli Supreme Court starts hearings on judicial overhaul
Israel's Supreme Court convened to hear petitions against the government's controversial amendment to the "reasonableness clause," which critics argue could undermine democracy in "Israel".
"Israel's" Supreme Court has convened today for the purpose of hearing petitions challenging the contentious judicial reform, AFP reported.
A full panel of 15 judges commenced hearings to consider the fate of the government's amendment to the "reasonableness clause," passed by Netanyahu's administration back in July.
The amendment, which has faced widespread criticism, seeks to limit the top court's authority to review and potentially overturn government decisions. Critics argue that this change could pave the way for authoritarian rule and undermine the democratic principles "Israel" holds dear.
Chief Justice Esther Hayut addressed the petitions, acknowledging that there were eight legal challenges against the legislation aimed at constraining the "reasonableness clause." She questioned a lawyer representing parliament, stating, "It's clear you think that the duty to act reasonably applies to the government and its ministers, but who makes sure they indeed do so?"
Opposition leader Yair Lapid voiced his strong opposition to the proposed amendment on Facebook, declaring, "The amendment to the basic law that will be debated in court today is not a basic law; it's an irresponsible document."
As "Israel's" Supreme Court deliberates on this crucial matter, the nation remains deeply divided, with many watching closely to see how this judicial overhaul could shape the future of "Israel".
Yesterday, in anticipation of the Supreme Court session, it was reported that clashes broke out between Israeli police forces and protesting settlers from the "Brothers in Arms" movement in front of the residence of Minister of Justice Yariv Levin.
On Saturday, thousands of Israeli settlers demonstrated for the 36th consecutive week against the government of Benjamin Netanyahu and its proposed judicial reforms.