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Dermer declines to say if government would heed High Court ruling striking down reasonableness law

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a former political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on January 29, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90)
Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer arrives for the weekly cabinet meeting at Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on January 29, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/ Flash90)

Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer declines to say if the government would adhere to a theoretical High Court of Justice ruling striking down the freshly passed reasonableness law, after several petitions were submitted against the controversial legislation.

When asked directly by CNN if the government would heed such a decision by the court, which has yet to hear the petitions, Dermer — a close confidant of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — says “the government will always obey and abide by the rule of law.”

“[But] what we have in Israel is the rule of law. What we don’t have is the rule of judges,” he adds.

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