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2023-03-26T03:29:45.644Z


Military attorneys and former attorneys called on the government to stop all moves to weaken the justice system. This, on the grounds that these will lead to both damage to democracy and increased damage to IDF soldiers, who will be exposed to prosecution abroad. Among the signatories were Avichai Mandelblit, Amnon Strashnov and Ilan Schiff


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Hundreds of military attorneys sent a letter last night (Sunday) in which they call on the government to stop the moves to weaken the justice system that will lead to damage to democracy and thus, damage to IDF soldiers. Among the signatories to the letter are the former military attorneys Avichai Mandelblit, Amnon Strashnov,



Ilan Schiff, Ben Zion Farhi and Dani Efroni.




"We, the officers of the military attorney's office in reserve and retired, call on the government to stop all moves to weaken the justice system," the military attorneys wrote at the beginning of the letter

Among the signatories to the attorneys' letter, Mandelblit (Photo: Government Press Office, David Weil)

In the letter they added that the series of measures promoted by the government were done hastily, without in-depth public discussion and without broad public agreement.

"The reform will lead to irreversible damage to the judicial system, whose professionalism and independence are essential to the country's democratic regime."



They also added that the judicial system controlled by the government serves as "a rubber stamp for the other authorities" and will leave Israel democratic in name only, and will not be able to provide its citizens with adequate protection and safeguard their rights.



Later, the attorneys emphasized that the weakening of the justice system will also expose the army soldiers and its commanders "to serious risks in front of foreign and international legal forums, through which the enemies of the state will try to bring about the arrest and imprisonment of the army commanders, its soldiers and the various members of the security forces."

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Crushing the justice system - will expose the soldiers to increased risk

In the letter, the attorneys explain that today many international forums refrain from suing soldiers and members of the Israeli security forces in light of the international reputation of the Israeli justice system as a professional and independent system that operates within the framework of the law.

Therefore, according to them, the application of the series of measures that the government is leading to weaken the judicial system, could result in "a rapid crushing of the reputation of the judicial system, which will expose the soldiers to an increased risk of prosecution abroad, both during their service and after it".

Demonstration in front of the Prime Minister's residence in Jerusalem (Photo: Yanon Shalom Yathach)

At the end of the letter, they called on the government to immediately stop the legislation and start negotiations.

"The government must recognize the necessity of basing this kind of fateful changes on the basis of a broad public consensus and start a real dialogue, the goal of which is to improve the judicial system while maintaining its independence and quality," they said.

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