Slouching Towards Netanyahustan

Israeli Democracy in Crisis

It’s not every day you get a personal tour of a supreme court. But I did. In 2017, a family friend was retiring from Israel’s judiciary and invited me to Jerusalem to see where he worked.

30,000 protestors. Tel Aviv, 28 January.

For a state without a constitution, the court offices gave the impression that Israel’s stand-in – its Basic Laws – worked well enough to establish respect for the rule of law.

Observing the court in session, meeting justices and getting to see its impressive library, it was hard to imagine that the Supreme Court of Israel’s authority would get threatened by an elected government six years later.

But, in an era in which courts have increasingly become tools of reactionary executives – think Hungary and Poland, even the United States – why not Israel?

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Photograph courtesy of Joel Schalit. All rights reserved.