The Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved Sunday the bill proposed by MK Betzalel Smotrich (Jewish Home) to add the "Override Clause" to the Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty.
The amendment to the law will allow the Knesset to reenact a law that was rejected by the Supreme Court, but the approval is subject to the condition that the final version of the law will establish the ability of a 61-MK majority to enact overriding legislation. Now the bill goes to the Knesset for approval.
Chairman of the Jewish Home, Education Minister Naftali Bennett, and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, who pushed for the approval of the bill despite Prime Minister Netanyahu's request for a postponement on the vote said, "The government today began building the separation wall between the three authorities. The intervention of the Supreme Court in legislation and government decisions has long deviated from the accepted norm.”
“The Override Clause will restore the public's trust in the Supreme Court and restore the original functions of the authorities: the Knesset is legislative, the government is executive, the court interprets. One authority must not intervene in the matters of another authority. It should be remembered that the Knesset, as the representative of the people, is sovereign as in any civilized democracy. "