Chareidi Factions Support Limiting The Authority Of The High Court Of Justice


The Bayit Yehudi party has given Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu an ultimatum, explaining if the coalition does not advance the Overrise Clause, the legislation to limit the authority of the High Court of Justice, the party will cease voting with the coalition as a retaliatory move.

Kikar Shabbos News spoke with leaders and members of chareidi factions in Knesset to determine their position on the law, which would empower the Knesset to overrule a High Court ruling in with a simply majority of 61.

Shas’ Aryeh Deri explains he supports legislation, for he too believes the authority of the High Court has exceeded acceptable norms. However, he is cautious, explaining he is not certain the Bayit Yehudi bill is the exact formula to address the situation. Degel Hatorah faction leader Moshe Gafne support the Bayit Yehudi bill, explaining the High Court all too often abuses its authority to override Knesset legislation.

Deputy Health Minister Yaakov Litzman prefers to wait to the faction meeting, and only after the matter is discussed would he announce his position. However, the Tuesday edition of Yisrael Hayom states Litzman does back the legislation, if nothing else, to safeguard a new draft law.

Deputy Minister of Education Meir Porush explains he supports the bill, stating clearly the court exceeds its authority all too often.

Degel Hatorah MK Uri Maklev is also in favor of the law. He states the chareidi tzibur is most often harmed by the decisions of the High Court.

MK Michael Michaeli of Shas adds that this is important legislation to permit yeshivos and lomdei Torah to continue.

MK Yisrael Eichler, an outspoken critic of the High Court, feels the rule of law must be returned to Knesset, for now it is just a hall for deliberations while law is set by the High Court.

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)