Israel’s Constitutional Crisis!
Fifteen Juges sit on Israels Supreme Court where they virtually govern the country by proxy. They decide what is good Legislation and what is unnacceptable Legislation often based solely on their political bias.
More and more often the Supreme court overides government legislation thus threatening the governments mandate from the people to implement said legislation. The hotly contested Judicial Reforms are a point in case. Should the Supreme Court decide to rule against the Judicial Reform Reasonableness bill these fifteen unelected Mandarins will have caused a blow to Israel’s democracy and made the Knessett nothing more than a rubber stamp to their virtual house of review. This was never the intention of Israel’s founding fathers. The Juges will have cast off all self-restraint and self-control.
The battle between democratic governance and a Supreme Court captive to a political ideology can only curtail the very liberty its proponents claim they are fighting for. The left will talk much of curtailing democratic freedoms today to make possible greater liberty tomorrow; but to curtail freedom is not to provide it, and compulsion, no matter how well justified, is compulsion and not liberty. The left would tell the people that a governments mandate is only one value among many, and if it is an obstacle to the securing of other equally important ends, it must be overturned. This would be a fundamental mistake that would lead to anarchy in our streets and mistrust of our institutions leading to a social and political breakdown in Israeli society.
Its imperative the Supreme Court acts with total impartiality and puts aside its political and cultural bias when bringing down their decision on Judicial Reform. Israels liberal democracy must find common ground based on compromise by both parties thereby healing a fractured polity.