Gafni: Supreme Court crossed the line

Chairman of Knesset Finance Committee: We are the only nation in the world where the people do not choose the Supreme Court judges.

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MK Moshe Gafni
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Despite the complaints repeatedly voiced by the haredi political parties that there is no representation of traditional Jewish positions on the Supreme Court, Finance Committee Chairman MK Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) said Thursday that there is no room for a haredi judge on the Supreme Court.

"The entire structure [which currently] exists is a structure that is contrary to my world view," he explained in an interview with the Orech Hadin magazine. "Let's assume that there is one judge out of 15 who is haredi. So they can always say, the decisions are against you, but there is one of you here, a haredi [representative]. I am therefore opposed [to haredi Supreme Court justices], and I do not recommend that any of my colleagues go there."

He said that the Supreme Court had already crossed the red line. "Although I think that it is starting to retreat a little bit. In principle, I think that we are the only country in the world where judges are not elected by the people, they are above criticism, and they can do whatever they want. You also don't know how they are chosen."

Gafni referred to the housing shortage in the haredi sector and said that the haredim suffer more from the high cost of housing than other sectors of society. "The housing crisis is one of the colossal failures of all Israeli governments, and as soon as the government decided to leave the public housing project 15 years ago there have been no more subsidized mortgages, no loans anywhere, and no public housing on a large scale."

"The significance of this step is that someone who is very rich can buy an apartment in the Akirov Towers, and anyone who is not [rich] is likely to be living in the streets. The state must restore this important project as soon as possible. I only want to say that this [situation] is stressful and bad for everyone, but for the haredi population it is seven times as bad. There are more restrictions in our uves that do not allow us to live anywhere [but within a haredi community]."