C’tee approves judicial nominations law

16.11.2011                      19.Cheschwan. 5772


C'tee approves judicial nominations law

MK Shai: Knesset is in a battle over Israel's democratic foundations; MKs lodge complaints against committee's conduct.

Following a vote in the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee approving for its first reading of a law that would change the way Supreme Court justices are nominated, MK Nahman Shai (Kadima) said the Knesset is in the middle of a fight over its democratic foundations: "A fight to protect the central, critical institutions of Israeli democracy."
"Prime Minister [Binyamin] Netanyahu and coalition Members of Knesset are attempting to silence public debate and to weaken the court system and social and civic organizations," he continued, "This is an important fight being fought in other committees of the Knesset – the Constitution, Law, Economics, State Control Committees – to ensure that Israel retains its character and the democratic tools at its disposal."...