The political left in Israel is continuing to lie to the Israeli public, and the world, that the proposed judicial reform of the Netanyahy government is a dangerous coup that will destroy Israeli democracy.
However, a former leader of the political left, as well as former Justice Minister Chaim Ramon, has thrown a wrench into their inciteful rhetoric and campaign.
In a recent interview with the Hebrew weekly Makor Rishon newspaper, Ramon voiced full support for the judicial reform, showing that it is not only a right-wing, conservative issue. When Ramon was Justice Minister back in 2006 he also tried to bring reform to the justice system, but he was stopped. Surprise, surprise. Not only did Ramon voice support for the judicial reform, he explicitly called out the political left’s stranglehold on the justice system as a way of ruling Israel since they are basically unelectable by the Israeli public! This is from a former leader of the political left himself!
I quote Ramon’s interview in the presentation I gave on the judicial reform in the video below. (Click here for the full presentation)
The political left says that judicial reform is a coup. However, today’s judicial reform is not a coup, it is a clearly articulated legal process for all to see, understand and follow as passed into law. It is trying to undo the undemocratic coup that former Chief Justice Aharon Barak did 30 years ago, when he publicly announced that he was turning basic laws into a quasi-constitution, not voted upon by the Israeli voters or the parliament. He then used that quasi-constitution to implement a judicial activism that today allows the legal system to basically run the country without any checks and balances
Here are some high-level examples:
1. When politicians make a political appointment that the legal system disagrees with the legal system cancels the appointment.
2. When politicians try to fire someone that the legal system disagrees with the legal system freezes the termination.
3. When right-wing elected governments want to pass laws that the activist-leftist judicial system disagrees with the legal system kills the bill during the legislative process or has the Supreme Court annul the law.
4. When a left-wing elected government makes an international decision without Knesset approval even though according to law it requires Knesset approval the legal establishment approves the deal without problems.
5. While Israeli law forbids terror-supporters from serving in Israel’s parliament the Supreme Court constantly allows terror-supporting Arab Muslim representatives to serve in Israel’s parliament.
Those are just a few of the many examples.
Since we have 30 years of examples of the judicial overreach thanks to the true coup done by former Chief Justice Aharon Barak, tt is extremely unfortunate that the leaders of the political left are today using lies and misinformation to create societal chaos instead of accepting the will of the Israeli public via democratic elections that voted for judicial reform, since all the parties in today’s governing coalition all promised to institute judicial reform.