Wohin steuert die Justizdebatte?

Eine der zentralen Projekte der neuen israelischen Regierung ist der Umbau des Justizsystems. Für die einen die Frage danach, die Justiz wieder in Einklang mit dem „Willen des Volkes“ zu bringen, für die anderen das Ende der Gewaltenteilung.

Ravit Hecht analysiert in Haaretz, welche Rolle in dieser Koalition die „Liberalen“ im Likud spielen, oder noch spielen können, und welche Bedeutung dem Ministerpräsidenten und seiner Stellung mit Blick auf das „Ausland“ und die eigenen Vorstellungen, zukommt.

… „But not a smidgen of this energy can be found regarding the plan to destroy the legal system. The Likud base supports this plan, because this is what has been dinned into their skulls for years now, especially after Netanyahu was indicted. Every one of them has become an expert on constitutional law and the legacy of former Supreme Court President Aharon Barak.“But not a smidgen of this energy can be found regarding the plan to destroy the legal system. The Likud base supports this plan, because this is what has been dinned into their skulls for years now, especially after Netanyahu was indicted. Every one of them has become an expert on constitutional law and the legacy of former Supreme Court President Aharon Barak.

To get an idea of just how unrealistic it is to have such expectations of the liberal right, you have to look at the liberal MKs in Likud, who are now supposed to protect us all from Kahanism, the Haredi MKs’ wild behavior and religious Zionist extremism. The “statesmanlike,” “moderate,” “Likud of yore” MKs who tweet best wishes for the success of the army’s new chief of staff and post pictures of themselves cooking Shabbat dinner while wishing “Shabbat shalom to everyone in Israel” (with an emoji of the Israeli flag).

I contacted the spokespeople for four of them – Yuli Edelstein, Gila Gamliel, Avi Dichter and Ofir Akunis. Some said their bosses would not agree to be interviewed on this subject, as if it were a marginal issue that it’s possible not to worry their heads about. Akunis’ spokesman generously explained to me, at length, why the minister who once considered running for mayor of Tel Aviv supports Levin’s plan. Some of the spokespeople recited the mantra that “more changes to the reform are likely.”

It’s not their listeners they are trying to persuade, but first and foremost themselves. Likud members are burying their heads in the sand.“

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