The 800-pound gorilla in the room of judicial reform

President of the Supreme Court Esther Hayut and Supreme court Justices arrive for a court hearing on petitions demanding the annulment of the appointment of Shas leader Aryeh Deri as a government Minister due to his recent conviction on tax offenses, at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem, on January 5, 2023 . Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90 *** Local Caption *** ??? ???? ????? ???? ???? ???? ???? ????? ?????? ?? ????? ???? ???? ????? ??? ???? ????? ???? ?????

Israel Hayom: The raging controversy surrounding proposed reforms to Israel’s Supreme Court has prompted not only emotional protests but also detailed rationales as to why the Court is doing exactly what it should be doing.

I have attempted to engage in what is becoming an increasingly rare endeavor in our world: Exploring the views, opinions, and rationales of the other side of the issue.

There is much that deserves consideration: Israel is the odd man out in the democratic world in terms of its legal system. Commentators have done impressive work in explaining why that system, with all its admitted problems, nevertheless makes sense and should not be tampered with.

However, there is one glaring problem with all these analyses: They fail to explain how we got to this point. Why are so many Israeli citizens discontented with and resentful of the Supreme Court? Why do they feel it has abandoned them?

The defenders of the court ignore this 800-pound gorilla in the room: In the name of a passionate defense of minority rights, the court has abrogated its responsibility to the will of the majority. As such, the Israeli Supreme Court has become the embodiment of the endemic elitism that has alienated and enraged citizens in other Western countries.

This is not populism. It is a result of the belief that our judicial leaders should be looking after us, and should have our cares and concerns firmly in mind when they make their decisions.

When the court tells intimidated residents of south Tel Aviv to suck it up because the government’s efforts to curtail the influx of illegal migrants run afoul of the rights of people who have no connection to this country, then something important has been lost.

When bereaved families of terror victims are forced to scrape together the funds to pay legal fees required to oppose petition after Supreme Court petition filed by European-financed lawyers from anti-Israel NGOs representing terrorists and their families who are trying to prevent all Israeli attempts to punish and deter terror, then something is seriously amiss. Read More …

Opinion: Israel’s 5th election since 2019 that placed the political and religious right in control has the progressive left in an all out tantrum.

Sound familiar?  2016 America perhaps?

Fed up with illegal immigration, coddling terrorists and burying dead Israeli citizens for the crime of being Jews, voters on the right along with labeled ‘firebrands’ Ben Givr and Bezalel Smotrich, have had enough of the secular progressive Israeli Supreme Court.

The new mantra of the secular left is “we are just afraid we will lose our Democracy” when the opposite is true. But progressives have the support of gigantic secular Investment banks:

JP Morgan cautions investors amid Israel’s ‘domestic volatility’

JP Morgan cautions investors amid Israel's 'domestic volatility'

As the protests over the government’s proposed judicial reforms see no signs of abating, the largest US investment bank warns that “the scale of economic/market impact is difficult to judge at this stage, but it can be a medium-term negative.”

So what is their concern? Why the new Israeli right sound like Moses and Ezra. Oh, the horror:

Moses: In Deuteronomy 7:1-4 Moses warned the Jews when they came into the Promised Land to “conquer and utterly destroy the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites. “You shall make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy. Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons, for they will turn your children away from following me to serve other gods, and the Lord’s anger will burn against you and will quickly destroy you.”

Ezra: Ezra 9:1-2 records that the returning Jews (From Babylon) indeed married the Canaanites, the same tribe that was recorded in Genesis 36:2 “Esau took his wives from the women of Canaan.” And they married the Hittites, Perizzites, Jebusites, Ammonites, Moabites, Egyptians and Amorites.

Ezra, distraught for this violation of God’s commands, prayed to the God of Israel and made a covenant to send the pagan wives and children away.

You can see trouble brewing in the rise of anti-Semitism not seen since 1938.

A nation dwelling alone is a fulfillment of Numbers 23:9

“For from the top of the rocks I see him, and from the hills I behold him: lo, the people shall dwell alone, and shall not be reckoned among the nations.”