Likud’s Zohar: Changing ‘reasonableness’ bill, delaying overhaul would be ‘true blow to democracy’

Culture and Sports Minister Miki Zohar at his office in Jerusalem, January 2, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Culture and Sports Minister Miki Zohar at his office in Jerusalem, January 2, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Culture Minister Miki Zohar of the ruling Likud party also comes out against amending the “reasonableness” bill in its current form.

“A compromise that neuters the law restricting the reasonableness clause and leads to a delay of the [judicial] reform is the true blow to democracy,” Zohar writes on Twitter, echoing language used by the far-right Otzma Yehudit party to argue against changing the legislation.

Zohar’s tweet comes as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu huddles at his office with Shas chief Aryeh Deri, Strategic Affairs Minister Ron Dermer and cabinet secretary Yossi Fuchs ahead of the scheduled final votes on the bill, which come as an 11th-hour push is being made by President Isaac Herzog and others to forge an agreement between the coalition and opposition.

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