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The Purse and the SwordThe Trials of Israel's Legal Revolution$
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Daniel Friedmann

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190278502

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190278502.001.0001

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Changes and Reform Proposals

Changes and Reform Proposals

(p.309) 32 Changes and Reform Proposals
The Purse and the Sword

Daniel Friedmann

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This chapter sets forth several proposals for overturning the Supreme Court’s inexplicable hold over the other branches of government. Tantamount to these reforms was the work of putting the constitutional issue into order. Any change, however, required an amendment to the Basic Law: The Judiciary in order to take effect. A coalition agreement was necessary, but it proved impossible to achieve. Nevertheless, the author, as justice minister, has submitted to the government a proposal to amend this basic law which the government adopted by a narrow majority. However, because of the prime minister’s resignation, the proposed amendment did not reach the Knesset. The rest of the chapter is devoted to the author’s continuing efforts to reform the legal system from within. His position in the ministry of justice has enabled him to effect a number of changes to the system, despite challenges and objections presented by the court and even by some members of the Knesset.

Keywords:   Israeli Supreme Court, Israeli constitution, Knesset, Israeli legal system, court reforms, Israeli ministry of justice, Terms Law, basic laws

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