The Threat to Israeli Liberties from the Israeli Supreme Court

Robert Bork, the eminent American law professor from Yale University, once described the Israeli Supreme Court as the worst in the Western world.  Israel, Bork wrote, "has set a standard for judicial imperialism that can probably never be surpassed, and, one devoutly hopes, will never be equaled elsewhere."  Bork finds "less and less reason for the Israeli people to bother electing a legislature and executive; the attorney general, with the backing of the Supreme Court, can decide almost everything for them."  To make things worse, judges in Israel, including Supreme Court judges, are chosen by a non-elected panel dominated by other judges, and there are no possibilities for impeachment of judges by the parliament or by ballot initiative.  Appointments of judges are not subject to approval by the Israeli parliament (the Knesset). Israel's Supreme Court has been dominated by the anti-democratic doctrine of "judicial activism" for a generation.  "Judicial...(Read Full Article)

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