TEL AVIV, Israel ( Associated Press) — Former high-ranking Israeli legal officials demonstrated Thursday against sweeping changes to the country’s justice system by the new Orthodox government, adding to growing protests against the proposed reform.
Seven former attorneys general who have held the position over the past five decades signed a protest letter along with four other former high-level law officers. The three former attorneys general were appointed under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose current justice minister is leading the legal reform. The letter, published in Israeli media, condemned the proposed changes, stating that they are destructive to the country’s legal system.
“We call upon the government to withdraw the proposed scheme and avoid serious damage to the justice system and the rule of law,” the letter said.
Former officials said the changes would turn the Supreme Court, often the last resort for Israelis and Palestinians over what they see as discriminatory policies, into a “pseudo-political body” suspected of bending the law in favor of the government. Will happen.
Israel’s new government has made reforming the country’s legal system a centerpiece of its agenda. It seeks to weaken the Supreme Court, allowing lawmakers to pass laws that the court strikes down in parliament with a simple majority. Other changes include politicizing the appointment of judges, reducing the independence of government legal advisers, or ignoring their advice.
The legal changes would help Netanyahu, who is on trial for corruption, avoid conviction or even miss his trial altogether. Since he was indicted in 2019, Netanyahu has been a vocal critic of the justice system, calling it biased against him. The Prime Minister ensures that legal renewal will be done responsibly.