Justice tells attorney in court to see psychologist

Attorney Itamar Ben Gvir accuses Supreme Court Justice Noam Solberg of telling him to 'go see a psychologist.'

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Itamar Ben Gvir
Itamar Ben Gvir

Attorney Itamar Ben Gvir accused a Supreme Court Justice of treating him disrespectfully during a criminal trial in which he represents the defendant, telling him to "go see a psychologist."

Supreme Court Justice Noam Solberg held a hearing today at the request of Attorney Itamar Ben Gvir regarding the freeing from detention of a young suspect in the burning of the Church of the Loaves and Fishes, and having him wear an electronic bracelet.

Ben Gvir argued during the hearing that his client was being hounded for not changing his ideology.

"My client vehemently denies that he set fire to the church, but said he returned [to the hilltops] because he loves the Land of Israel and wants to settle its hills. That is what made the probation officer turn against him." Ben Gvir said.

At the end of the hearing, Justice Solberg requested that the defendant's remand be extended, despite the trial having already lasted nine months. He said that if an agreement is not reached, then he would issue a decision which may not be to Ben Gvir's liking.

Ben Gvir said that it was not the first time he had been dissatisfied with the judge's decision. He said that Justice Solberg told him: "If you are not satisfied, go see a psychologist."

Following the hearing, Ben Gvir issued a statement criticizing Justice Solberg's disrespect towards an attorney during a trial. "Justice Solberg's remarks to me were inappropriate, and I do not believe that he would have spoken the same way to [radical left-wing attorneys] Michael Sfard or Leah Tzemel."

According to Ben Gvir, his client is the victim of a political arrest as part of the campaign to crush the so-called 'hilltop youth.'