Anti-Israel Petitions Signed by Israeli
Israeli tenured leftists among extremists demanding
that Netanyahu government leave the sitting judges alone and not
intervene in how they appoint judges anti-democratically all on
Some of the
signatories to the petition include Sefi Rechelvsky, Prof. Yehuda
Prof. Ze'ev Shternhal
who suggested that
terrorists attack settlers and not other Israelis, and radical left
Leftists Petition to Netanyahu: Stop Supreme
68 Israeli leftist intellectuals sign a petition in which they
call on PM Netanyahu to freeze the legislation regarding the Supreme
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 12/12/2011
some of them self-styled intellectuals but also including 22 who are
either Nobel Prize laureates or Israel Prize recipients, signed a
petition Sunday in which they call on Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to freeze the legislation
regarding the Supreme Court.
The petition reads, "Before the man whose
government and coalition are busy destroying democracy there is a
clear choice: Either allow the current wave (of legislation) to
continue and become the destruction
of democracy and law in Israel or stop it
immediately. He should stop it and announce that, at least until the
end of the Knesset's winter session, the legislation regarding the
courts, the media and civil society organizations in Israel will be
The signatories, who are identified with
the left and some with the radical left end of the political
spectrum, are petitioning
recently approved legislation that would enable the
appointment of judges of varied judicial outlooks to the Supreme
Court – a fact which has caused great discomfort to the left.
Since the present makeup of the judicial
selection committee leads to the fact that presiding judges
effectively choose new justices, the court has for years blocked
selection of judges with views differing from its own, such as
internationally renowned Prof. Ruth Gavison who is against former
Chief Justice Aharon Barak's controversial principle of "judiciability".
The judges are now attempting to prevent the selection of Judge Noam
Solberg to the Supreme Court because he lives in Alon Shvut in Judea
- and the court actually admits to that line of reasoning.
In the United States, where the Senate,
whose control changes with election results, vetts
candidates for the Supreme Court,
the court, as a result, reflects a variety of outlooks on
judiciability and other issues. Leftists and mainstream media in
Israel call that "politicizing" the
courts, ignoring the fact that the court's decisions have for years
reflected the same particular political and judicial outlook.
The bills call for the automatic
appointment of the Bar
president to the Judge Selection Committee, and also allow
the appointment of a Supreme Court Chief Justice with only two years
remaining until retirement, hitherto not allowed.
The first bill would enable the right
leaning and recently elected Bar
Associationpresident to be a member of the Judicial Selection
Committee. This was always automatically the case without it being
written as law or by-law until the new president was elected, when
in a quick move (including a deal with the hareidi lawyers in
theassociation) before the incumbent could organize his supporters,
those in control of blocks of votes of the Bar
Association pushed through the selection of representatives,
bypassing the new president.
The second bill means that Justice Asher
Grunis, who has leftist views but is against the activist
"everything is judiciable" Supreme Court policy initiated by former
Chief Justice Aharon Barak, could be appointed to serve as the next
president instead of toe-the-line Justice Miriam Naor, even though
he is slated to retire in two years.
A third bill seeking to institute the
concept of locus standi – legal standing – in Israel's
killed in a ministerial committee after Netanyahu
expressed his opposition to the bills and vowed to
protect the court. This would have prevented organizations such as
Peace Now and Yesh Din from filings suits on land ownership in
Judea and Samaria, as they do constantly,
without alleged landowners taking part in the suits and sometimes
without even knowing of any such claims. A suggested bill to have a
Knesset committee vett the
also dropped when Netanyahu expressed his opposition.
Some of the signatories to the petition
include Sefi Rechelvsky, Prof. Yehuda Bauer,
Prof. Ze'ev Shternhal who suggested that terrorists attack
settlers and not other Israelis, and radical left authors
Amos Oz and
Polls show that the Israeli public's faith
in the court system has reached a new low. Justice Barak, during his
term as Chief Justice, was known for saying that the "enlightened"
must set policy for the people through the courts.