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Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett addressed the Prime Minister's speech on Tuesday in which he criticized police conduct, and backed Netanyahu's remarks.

"Certainly law enforcement authorities are mandated to investigate in a normative way and we back them for doing their job. However, in democracy, the debate that prevails is over defining the bounds of legitimate discussion," Bennett said in an interview on Reshet B. "It should be said that for many years they didn't make life easy for the Prime Minister."

When asked about the Prime Minister's choice of words, he replied, "I'm not Chana Bavli (Israel's Emily Post, etiquette columnist) and don't deal in etiquette. I can talk about the facts; There are 30,000 cases that the police transfer to the State Prosecutor's Office each year, about 12,000 of which the State Prosecutor's Office closes without further study. With regard to the rest of the cases transferred to the State Prosecutor's Office, only twenty percent lead to indictments.

"The Prime Minister is right: The vast majority of files transferred from the police to the Prosecutor's Office, 80 percent of them, are closed, but not before a suspect's name is in the newspapers for months on end until his case is silently, unceremoniously closed. No one remembers that the case was closed, but the man becomes a leper. Here the Prime Minister is right: He wants to get past the police recommendations and his argument is that there will be no indictment."

Minister Bennett also referred to the proposed Basic Law on Legislation that he brought up with Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked. "We are making order in an area that is completely out of contnrol. Every entity has to act within the law," the minister said, "but there is no law authorizing the Supreme Court to invalidate laws. Where is it written in the law that the Supreme Court is entitled to annul laws?

"Is it reasonable for the Supreme Court to usurp authority that it doesn't have under law? We are here to say that there can be no such breach, one that claims that every aspect of our lives is judiciable," concluded Bennett, rejecting former Chief Justice Aharon Barak's controversial claim that "everything is judiciable."