Israel’s top court considers complaints against impeachment law


Tel Aviv, Israel.

Israel’s Supreme Court has reconvened to consider petitions against a law that makes it harder to remove a prime minister from office.

Ten other judges took part in the deliberations in Jerusalem on Thursday, in addition to Chief Justice Esther Hayut.

Israel’s parliament passed an amendment in March that meant impeachment is only possible for psychological or other health reasons.

In addition, a successful impeachment would require a majority of 75 per cent of the government and at least 80 of the 120 lawmakers in the parliament, the Knesset.

The law is one of a package designed to reduce the influence of the Supreme Court and the attorney general’s office.

Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara had called for the law to be repealed because it appeared to be personally tailored to help Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Netanyahu is currently charged with fraud, breach of trust, and bribery.

After a first round of deliberations in early August, the court had demanded an explanation as to why the amendment was not designed to take effect only after the next general election, rather than going into effect straight away.

Chief Justice Hayut said at the time that it was “clear” that the law was passed for Netanyahu’s benefit.

Netanyahu’s government has been pushing ahead with a revamping of the judiciary and its powers since the beginning of the year.

The state of Israel has no written constitution and is instead based on a collection of basic laws.

Since Israel’s founding in 1948, no basic law or amendment to a basic law has ever been repealed.

If this happens now and the government does not accept the decision, the country faces a major political crisis.


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