Liberman signals he'll back law to override Supreme Court

Liberman comes out in support of bill that would rein in High Court. 'Return the mandate to elected officials.'

Tzvi Lev ,

Netanyahu and Liberman
Netanyahu and Liberman

Defense Minister and Yisrael Beytenu faction leader Avigdor Liberman announced that he will support a 'Bypass Bill' enabling the Knesset to override legislation that was scuttled by the High Court of Justice as unconstitutional.

"I back the prime minister’s plan to implement a change in the relations between the Supreme Court and the Knesset,” tweeted Liberman. " “Since Yisrael Beytenu’s first day we have demanded the return of the mandate to the public officials who were chosen in elections."

“Now a chance has been created for a significant fix. I hope it’ll be realized.”

Liberman's statements in favor of the legislation means that Moshe Kahlon's Kulanu party is all that stands in the way of the bill becoming law. Kahlon has vowed to oppose any bill that would weaken the power of the Supreme Court.

Last Thursday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, had declared his intention to promote the widest-reaching solution possible. Known colloquially as the 'British Model', it would strip the High Court of its ability to strike down legislation that it deemed problematic.

On Sunday however Netanyahu seemed to walk back his support for the move, deriding it as "extreme" at a meeting of coalition faction heads.

Earlier on Sunday, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan, a influential figure in the ruling Likud party, suggested that it would be worth toppling the government if Kahlon opposed the bill.

"As a nationalist camp that was chosen many times to lead the country it is our duty to correct and to make a change in this area, in the balance between ruling authorities. If there is a subject on which it is justified to go to elections, this is the subject,” Erdan told Army Radio.

“In recent years the High Court has tied the hands of the government on many matters related to the state and defense, and it makes it very difficult to govern the country,” contended Erdan. “Therefore I hope we will not compromise or be flexible and we will make the necessary change that must be made."