Amid judicial overhaul talks, Dermer meets with ex-Supreme Court chief Aharon Barak

Former Supreme Court president Aharon Barak in Jerusalem, December 8, 2019. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Former Supreme Court president Aharon Barak in Jerusalem, December 8, 2019. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer has met with former Supreme Court chief justice Aharon Barak, the Ynet news site reports.

The report says the talks touched on the government’s judicial overhaul plans.

Dermer, a longtime confidant of Netanyahu, is representing him at talks with the opposition aimed at finding a compromise amid widespread opposition to the government’s plans, which critics say will undermine democracy.

Barak led Israel’s judicial revolution in 2005, ushering in many of the principles the current government is seeking to unwind.

He is a prominent symbol against which many right-wing, pro-reform activists rally, despite no longer holding an official position.

Barak confirms the meeting to Ynet, saying that he occasionally meets with Dermer as friends.

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