Israel lawmakers pass controversial law to limit judges’ power

Israel lawmakers pass controversial law to limit judges’ power
Anti-government protesters during a demonstration outside the Knesset in Jerusalem, on July 24. Photographer: Kobi Wolf/Bloomberg

(Bloomberg) --Israel’s parliament approved a bill that will reduce judges’ ability to overrule government decisions and appointments.

The move is part of a wider plan by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling coalition to limit the power of the judiciary. Hundreds of thousands of Israelis have taken to the streets in recent months, saying the overhaul threatens the country’s economy and security.

The opposition, which has 56 lawmakers to the coalition’s 64, left the plenum in protest and was not present for the vote. That allowed the government to pass its bill 64 to zero.


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  • Rory Macnamara says:

    Why on earth would a leader of a democracy want to limit the Courts powers considering Justice is one part of the Three Pillars of Government. Three different but interdependent components.
    Leaders of the world are going mad!

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