Yehuda Bauer, Professor of Holocaust Studies, Hebrew University, Jerusalem
I am no legal expert, but I know that the Supreme, or High, Court is the body that defends democracy in Israel. That democracy is threatened by laws passed at the present government's initiatives in the Knesset, aimed at placing the legislature over and against an independent system of justice. The occupation is at the core of the government's policies. The government is attempting to create an Israeli-controlled, in effect bi-national, presence between the Mediterranean and the Jordan, contrary to the interests of the Jewish people. The High Court occasionally tries to limit that damage, but its rulings are often disregarded. Nevertheless, the Court is one of the bastions of justice and human rights, without distinction. The High Court is concerned with security issues that are brought before it, but its rulings justifiably cast a doubt on whether Israel's security is served by the occupation of the West Bank.
Jan. 25, 2012 at 2:59 p.m. Recommend 14
Interesting that he would make the effort to comment and write what he did.