Two new judges will officially join the Supreme Court Tuesday: Judge Noam Solberg and Judge Tzvi Zilbertal. They will replace Judges Ayala Procaccia and Edmond Levi, who retired in the course of the last six months.
The two new judges will soon be followed by Judges Dafna Barak-Erez abd Uri Shoham, who will replace Judges Dorit Beinisch and Eliezer Rivlin. Beinisch and Rivlin will officially retire in the course of the next three months.
Judge Solberg is a resident of Gush Etzion and his appointment was opposed by radical leftists and Arab politicians, because Gush Etzion is part of the territory liberated by the IDF in 1967. Many radical leftists see the 1948 liberation of territory as legitimate but view the subsequent liberation of territories in 1967 as illegitimate, even though the latter was much less violent than the former.
Solberg received a somewhat cold welcome by his fellow judges earlier this month when a three-judge panel overturned his decision finding journalist Ilana Dayan guilty of libel against an IDF captain who was involved in the death of a 14-year-old Arab girl in Gaza.