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In Knesset, democracy wages war on court activism

Yaakov NeemanJustice Minister Neeman introduced a Basic Law bill which would allow the Knesset to pass a law by a slight majority of 65, votes even if the High Court had previously overturned it.

Neeman’s measure would seem strange in any civilized state: if the Court rules a law unconstitutional, it is unconstitutional regardless of the number of people or MKs who support it. But the story is different in Israel, where as everyone knows, the Supreme Court annuls laws based on its vague definitions of human dignity and the like, rather than the actual wording of basic laws, which are the Israeli equivalent of a constitution.

Leftist MKs, who depend on the court to prevent conservative legislation from coming into being, oppose the new bill.

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