Justice Mazuz: Man under indictment establishing government - a moral failure

Supreme Court publishes full arguments in decision not to prevent Netanyahu from forming government while under indictment.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Meni Mazuz
Meni Mazuz
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The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued the full verdict in which the 11 judges decided that there is no impediment preventing a prime minister accused of criminal acts from forming a government.

Judge Meni Mazuz was the most troubled by the prospect of a prime minister forming a government while under indictment, arguing that "the reality that a man who has been accused of criminal offenses against the purity of virtue establishes and presides over a government, raises a public-moral difficulty that is difficult to overstate."

"Such a reality reflects a social crisis and a moral failure of society and the political system in Israel," Mazuz argued.

Justice Yitzhak Amit justified his decision, stating that "intervention in a decision establishing the executive branch is like a full-fledged conflict with the will of the voter as expressed in the vote of his representatives in the Knesset. In practice, the rejection by the court of a person who was elected prime minister by a majority vote in the Knesset would be a constitutional nightmare that may plague the court and put it in the center of a political storm."