Knesset passes controversial bills amid criticism of an ‚assault on Israeli democracy‘

15.11.2011                      18.Cheschwan. 5772

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Knesset passes controversial bills amid criticism of an 'assault on Israeli democracy'

Two bills, expected to strengthen the right's influence in the judicial system, pass first readings; critics slam bills as 'draconian' and 'anti-democratic.'

The Knesset approved on Monday evening a bill proposing to abolish the rule that a justice cannot be appointed Supreme Court president unless he is at least three years short of the mandatory retirement age of 70. The bill would pave Justice Asher Grunis' way to becoming Supreme Court president. 52 MKs voted in favor, 35 voted against the bill.
Grunis is seen as a conservative judge who mostly refrains from intervening in decisions made by the executive and legislative branches, and is thus popular with right-wing politicians. But when Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch retires at the end of February 2012, Grunis will be five weeks short of three years from retirement….