On video: hundreds of protesters against the legal revolution at the congress center in Haifa (Shlomi Gabai)
The Chairman of the Constitution Committee, MK Simcha Rotman, suggested in a conversation with the coalition's senior officials not to respect the ruling of the High Court after disqualifying Shas Chairman, MK Aryeh Deri, from serving as minister.
MK Rotman's proposal was rejected by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Deri himself, who said that the law must be "respected".
Shortly after the High Court ruling, Deri held a round of consultations with senior members of the coalition, and Rotman was a participant in one of them, during which he called to announce that The government will not respect the High Court's ruling and Deri will continue in his position as minister - but the ones who rejected the proposal were Netanyahu and Deri. MK Rothman's proposal was first published by journalist Yishai Cohen.
This proposal by Rothman can also be indicative of his opinion towards the possibility that the High Court of Justice will reject the articles of the legal revolution promoted by the committee he chairs in the Knesset. Rothman did not deny the statement after the High Court's ruling in Deri's case.
He was also asked by Walla!
If he calls it that, if the High Court rejects the articles of the reform, and his office responded: "This is a very serious accusation against the judges of the High Court, as if they would rule against the law and create a constitutional crisis."
Rotman added: "The source of the authority of the High Court of Justice judges is a basic law: the judiciary, and the preoccupation of the High Court judges with the validity of a basic law, and especially the ability of the high court judges in office to duplicate themselves and their control over the court, should bother anyone who fears for democracy in the State of Israel".
Simcha Rothman, Constitutional Committee hearing, March 13, 2023 (Photo: Flash 90, Eric Marmor)
Yesterday, the chairman of his party, Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, was asked about this possibility and said in response during the press conference in the Knesset that "the question is illegitimate, he is not ready to deal with it." He means by this that the High Court does not have the authority to invalidate basic laws such as the proposal to change the composition The Committee for the Selection of Judges.
The discourse surrounding the possibility of the High Court rejecting the reform began on Monday with the statement of Justice Minister Yariv Levin, who said that this would be "crossing any red line" and emphasized that "we will not accept it." The Likud later said in response: "The absurd discussion of a constitutional
crisis Just illustrates how necessary the legal reform is to restore the proper balance between the authorities.
The High Court has no authority or grounds to intervene in the amendment to the basic law that determines how the judges will be appointed, just as it did not intervene in the past when the law was amended over a decade ago."
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