Roni Alsheich, the former Israel Police commissioner speaks at the weekly anti-government rally in Tel Aviv, protesting against Justice Minister Yariv Levin’s proposals to shake up the judiciary by severely curbing the High Court of Justice’s judicial review powers and cementing political control over the appointment of judges.
“The proposal amounts to a coup d’etat, no less than that,” Alsheich says. “As an observant [Jew], I must admit that there is also nothing Jewish in what is being proposed.”
“Restraining power is a basic and deep Jewish value that must not be abandoned,” he says.
“I feel ashamed as a believing and observant Jew due to the behavior of the politicians. I hear repeated claims that the religious community has become the ‘shield of public corruption,'” Alsheich adds.