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      MK Levin: Court System Rotten, Needs 'Root Canal' Job

      House Committee Chairman MK Yariv Levin: "I want judges in the courts, not people who see themselves as prime ministers."
      By Gil Ronen
      First Publish: 10/11/2011, 9:57 AM

      MK Yariv Levin
      MK Yariv Levin
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      Knesset House Committee Chairman MK Yariv Levin used unusually direct words to blast the Supreme Court, in an interview for the Our Land of Israel weekly brochure. 

      "It is no secret that the legal system and especially the Supreme Court have been taken over by a minority ultra-leftist group that tries to dictate its values to the entire society," Levin accused. The clique perpetuates its rule in the system by which "a friend brings a friend" into the Supreme Court and the other branches have little say in the matter.

      Levin said a comprehensive solution needs to be found for the problem, immediately. "The way to deal with this is not to postpone confronting it again and again but to deal with it from the root. This system requires a root canal operation. I want judges to sit in the courts, not people who see themselves as prime ministers and Knesset Members although they were never elected."

      "The legal system is rotten," Levin said, and "clearly politically motivated." When Jews ask for permission to build in Judea and Samaria, he said, the plans are rejected, yet Arabs build freely and illegally. 

      "For every Palestinian [a term that refers to Arabs who live in the Land of Israel -- Ed.] tree, they stop the separation fence and force a change of its route," said Levin. "But Jews – they are evicted from their homes overnight, and the High Court allows this. They do not intervene, they do not demand that human rights and property rights be respected. All of the principles suddenly disappear."

      Levin said that he was aware that what he said could come under severe criticism and hinted that people who dared speak out against the system in the past suddenly found themselves facing legal charges that were "born" out of nowhere.