Ben Gvir says High Court ruling against him is ‘a coup in the full sense of the word’

Michael Bachner is a news editor at The Times of Israel

National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir holds a press conference on March 19, 2023. (Courtesy)
National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir holds a press conference on March 19, 2023. (Courtesy)

National Security Minister Ben Gvir slams the High Court after it ruled earlier today that he does not have the authority to give operational orders to police officers.

“The decision that the minister can only set a general policy without any operative ability to implement it is not only unprecedented, it is a coup in the full sense of the word,” the minister says in a press statement hours after the ruling.

“The prime minister and government ministers are no more than ornaments” to the members of the court, he charges. “The minister can say what they think should be done, but can’t carry out any of it and ensure their policy is being implemented. According to him, ministers are merely academic researchers who can submit position papers, but not beyond that.”

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