'Supreme Court is the last sanctuary for the weak'

Finance Minister Kahlon says proposal to limit Supreme Court's power will 'destroy democracy.'

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Moshe Kahlon
Moshe Kahlon
Yonatan Sindel, Flash 90

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon (Kulanu) on Wednesday morning responded to Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) and Education Minister Naftali Bennett's (Jewish Home) proposed law to rein in the Supreme Court.

Under the proposal law now being finalized by Bennett and Shaked, the Knesset would add a new Basic Law on legislation, joining existing Basic Laws covering the Knesset, the judiciary, the government, and the presidency.

The new Basic Law would limit the court’s ability to nullify Knesset law to specifically delineated situations. In addition, the new Basic Law would clarify the process for establishing future Basic Laws, and explicitly prohibit the judiciary from nullifying any Basic Law.

In an interview with Radio 101.5, Kahlon admitted he had "not liked" some of the Supreme Court's recent rulings.

"I didn't like their ruling on the draft law, but we have a year to fix it, and we'll do it," he said. "I didn't like their rulings regarding the infiltrators, or the tax on those who own three or more apartments.

"However, I am still against the proposal to rein in the Supreme Court. It's going to hurt Israel's democracy.

"I preserve rule of law and the Supreme Court. I don't want to live in a country which does not allow judicial criticism, where people disappear overnight. No one wants to live in such a country. But does that mean I love the Supreme Court's recent rulings? The answer is no. If we need to, we can fix this. But we shouldn't destroy [the Supreme Court].

"The Supreme Court is the last sanctuary of society's weaker elements. You need to understand that. The strong want to destroy it, because it bothers them. I don't like the rulings against the tax on a third apartment or against the infiltrators. But at the end of the day, when you look at the broader picture, it's better to have a hierarchy and courts. There need to be courts, police, a prosecutor's office, a government, and a Knesset. We need to protect these things."