Lapid calls to prosecute Jewish Home MK

Yesh Atid head demands MK Moti Yogev be prosecuted for comments attacking High Court Judge for halting terrorist home demolitions.

Hezki Baruch ,

Yair Lapid
Yair Lapid
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Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid on Monday demanded that Jewish Home MK Moti Yogev be prosecuted for his comments on High Court Judge Uzi Fogelman.

In a letter to the Attorney General's office, Lapid wrote that Yogev's comments were “incitement to violence against the democratic nature of the State of Israel. In his inciting remarks, Yogev has removed himself from polite society, and marked himself as an opponent of the democratic ways of doing things that has been at the heart of Israeli society until now.”

On Sunday, Yogev was accused of “incitement” and “encouraging bloodletting” against the High Court Sunday, after he published his disapproval of a court decision last week to halt demolitions of terrorists' homes, a decision Fogelman handed down Sunday, to the chagrin of Yogev and other MKs on the right.

In a Facebook message responding to the decision, Yogev wrote that the High Court judges – particularly Uzi Fogelman, who handed down the decision - “has put himself on the side of the enemy. He is protecting the rights of murderers, and prevents the state from imposing a punishment that will prevent terror. He is thus endangering people's lives.”

Nichael Spitzer, Director of the Israeli Courts. Spitzer sent a letter Sunday to ML Yuli Edelstein, Speaker of the Knesset, demanding that disciplinary action be taken against Yogev. In his letter, Spitzer said that Yogev “has gone too far, inciting against a judge. Such comments, especially at this time, could lead to violence against the judge. All we have to do is look around and we will find many examples of this.”

Yogev fired back, saying the criticism was in place. “It is time that the High Court understand that it is not they who decide for the people, but the democratically elected leaders who decide, especially when it comes to the security of Israelis,” he said.

In his letter, Lapid wrote that regardless of his opinion of the court's decisions, Yogev had an obligation to speak with decorum – or face the consequences. “I demand that you act with the full force of the law against Yogev for 'shedding the blood' of High Court judges,” Lapid added.