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New Justice Minister Sa’ar meets Supreme Court chief justice

New Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar and Supreme Court Chief Justice Esther Hayut meet for their first work meeting since Sa’ar took office earlier this week.

According to the ministry, the two met in Hayut’s office in Jerusalem and discussed current issues relating to the court’s system, and pledged to meet again soon.

Sa’ar, who replaced Defense Minister Benny Gantz at the helm of the ministry, is taking over the position after a long period without a permanent minister. The Justice Ministry is one of the more contentious government bodies, with past ministers — including New Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked — calling to drastically limit the powers of the Supreme Court.

In the handover ceremony with Gantz on Monday, Sa’ar pledged to fix, but not to destroy, the legal system in Israel.

“The legal system is in need of systematic changes,” he said, vowing to adopt a nonpartisan approach “to fix what needs fixing. To fix — yes, to destroy — no.”

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