At protest, Smotrich warns Hayut: Don’t you dare strike down the judicial overhaul

Right-wing Israelis attend a rally in support of the government's planned judicial overhaul outside the Supreme Court in Jerusalem, on September 7, 2023. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)
Right-wing Israelis attend a rally in support of the government's planned judicial overhaul outside the Supreme Court in Jerusalem, on September 7, 2023. (Chaim Goldberg/Flash90)

Addressing a pro-government rally outside the Supreme Court, Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich warns Chief Justice Esther Hayur not to dare overturn judicial overhaul legislation.

“Don’t you dare invalidate a Basic Law, the responsibility is on you,” the far-right minister says.

“Nullifying a Basic Law is a deviation from all your authority and will be the end of Israeli democracy,” he says.

The law, an amendment to Basic Law: The Judiciary, prohibits the court from reviewing government and ministerial decisions through the judicial reasonableness standard.

The Supreme Court has never struck down changes to a Basic Law, though never has any Basic Law legislation caused such uproar and division within the public as this bill.

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