The end of the Supreme Court's anti-settler discrimination

Knesset gives preliminary approval to law mandating Judea and Samaria issues be handled in regional courts instead of Supreme Court.

Hezki Baruch ,

Bezalel Smotrich
Bezalel Smotrich
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The Knesset on Wednesday approved in a preliminary hearing MK Bezalel Smotrich's (Jewish Home) proposal to mandate that suits filed against Israeli authorities in Judea and Samaria be dealt with in the same fashion as elsewhere in Israel: that is, in regional courts and not in the Supreme Court.

This proposal would significantly lessen the Supreme Court's involvement in property and construction cases in Judea and Samaria, allowing the problems to be dealt with in a more legal and less political fashion. Since the Supreme Court does not check the veracity of land claims, it would also be a more just way of dealing with them.

It would also significantly lessen the load on the Supreme Court, shortening the wait time for other cases.

In his speech during the Knesset's meeting, Smotrich described the discrimination faced by residents of Judea and Samaria who are forced to handle their cases in the Supreme Court. He also emphasized the uncontrolled and constant illegal Arab construction and brought statistics to support his claims.

"This is another step towards our goal of normalizing the settlements in Judea and Samaria," Smotrich said. "There is no reason in the world why residents of Judea and Samaria should have to handle every little thing in the Supreme Court."

"The Supreme Court is more complex and expensive than the regular courts, and it usually decides against the 'settlers'."