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Israel's Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Limiting Court Oversight

Israel's Supreme Court Strikes Down Law Limiting Court Oversight
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Monday, 01 January 2024 12:53 PM EST

Israel's Supreme Court on Monday struck down a highly disputed law passed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government that rolled back some of the high court's power and sparked nationwide protests.

The law was part of a broader judicial overhaul proposed by Netanyahu and his coalition of religious and nationalist partners that caused a deep rift in Israel and concern over the country's democratic principles among Western allies.

Monday's court decision captured headlines in Israel, where news coverage has been dominated by war since Hamas carried out a deadly rampage in southern Israel on Oct. 7.

The new legislation brought before the court had removed one, but not all, of the tools the Supreme Court has for quashing government and ministers' decisions. It took away the court's ability to void such decisions that it deemed "unreasonable."

Eight of 15 justices ruled in favor of nullifying the law, the court said.

Netanyahu's Likud party said the decision was unfortunate and that it opposed "the will of the people for unity, especially during wartime."

Opposition lawmakers praised the ruling.

The Supreme Court, in a summary of its decision, said the majority of judges ruled to strike down the law because it would severely damage Israel's democracy.

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Israel's Supreme Court on Monday struck down a highly disputed law passed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government that rolled back some of the high court's power and sparked nationwide protests.
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