Conservative movement: Legal overhaul would ‘eviscerate’ Israeli checks and balances

Judah Ari Gross is The Times of Israel's religions and Diaspora affairs correspondent.

The international Conservative-Masorti movement calls on the government to halt its planned judicial overhaul, warning that parts of it would “eviscerate” the country’s system of checks and balances.

Masorti Olami, representing some 2 million Conservative Jews around the world, says the government must enter into negotiations and moderate its proposals.

The movement says that specifically, the plan to permit the Knesset to overrule the High Court with 61 votes would “eviscerate the already fragile balance of power between the branches of Israel’s government.

“Weakening Israel’s highly-regarded judicial system would undermine the message we have proudly and successfully promoted for decades around the world that Israel is both a Jewish AND a democratic state,” it says.

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