Secret deal to control Israeli Supreme Court judges

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A secret deal between Likud party and Yisrael Beiteinu party in the Knesset was today exposed. The deal, agreed between Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu and Yisrael Beiteinu President Avigdor Lieberman, would enable both parties to object to the appointment of any judge in the so-called Supreme Court.

This comes after the Likud block agreed with the president of Yisrael Beiteinu to support Robert Ilatov (Yisrael Beiteinu) in his election campaign to become a member of the Committee which runs the selection process of judges, as opposed to a Yisrael Beitenu block vote (6 Knesset members) in secret elections on the nomination of a member of the Likud bloc, Nurit Corinne, the same committee.

In the case of Ilatov’s election, the two parties could prevent the appointment of any judge, as the appointment requires a majority of 7 out of the total 9. If he were elected, there would be 3 right-wing representatives in the Committee: Minister of Justice Ayelet Shaked, as well as Corrine and Ilatov.

It is expected the elections will be held in two weeks time on August 22.

The Supreme Court is Israel’s highest court and point of recourse.

On Tuesday, it issued a decision giving the Ministry of Defense and Israeli army the green light to being building a new section of the separation wall in Cremisan valley near Beit Jala, despite multiple appeals made by the families whose land the wall will destroy.