Israeli ministers must commit to obeying the High Court: One of the front-page headlines in Monday’s edition of this newspaper was very problematic: “Only three gov’t ministers pledge to respect court ruling.”
The headline was problematic not because there was anything technically or grammatically wrong with it; the headline faithfully summed up the gist of the story.
Instead, the concern lies with the news itself: out of the 33 ministers comprising this coalition’s inflated government, only three would commit publicly to following the High Court of Justice’s decision – come what may – in the hearing that begins Tuesday on the law to limit the reasonableness standard.
Even in these unhinged times when red lines are regularly crossed – when a former Mossad head gives ammunition to every anti-Israel activist in the world by saying outrageously that Israel is enacting “apartheid” in the West Bank, and when a haredi (ultra-Orthodox) MK slanders
Zionism and charges that Zionists thwarted efforts to rescue Jews during the Holocaust (a horrific falsehood) – it remains astounding that so few ministers are willing to declare their intention to abide by the court’s decision on this matter.
Even more dismaying is that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is not among those three.