MK Miki Zohar (Likud), head of the Knesset House Committee, said Monday that he is convinced that the remarks by Supreme Court President Justice Esther Hayut against the “Overrule Clause” will not affect Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the law will pass.
Hayut earlier on Monday lashed out at the proposed legislation that would, under specified conditions, allow the Knesset to re-enact laws that the Supreme Court has ruled out.
"The judiciary is under a blatant and unprecedented attack which threatens, in a tangible way, its freedom and independence," said Hayut, who called the Overrule Clause "a bad and dangerous proposal which could cause Israel irreparable damage, on the international front as well."
In an interview with Arutz Sheva, Zohar said, "There is [Finance Minister Moshe] Kahlon, who is opposed [to the Overrule Clause] right now, and that is legitimate. We will have to persuade him on this matter, so that we can reach an agreement. The Likud wants the Overrule Clause, but we have to mobilize the majority required to advance this legislation. We have to be able to govern – and this is critical.”
He criticized the statements of both Justice Hayut as well as President Reuven Rivlin against the law.
"These are extreme and incorrect statements that do not reflect reality. I do not think that Netanyahu is pressured by the President of the Supreme Court or the President of the State of Israel. He acts according to what the public that sent us to the Knesset expects him to do," said Zohar.
The Ministerial Committee for Legislation on Sunday approved the “Overrule Clause” which now goes to the Knesset for approval, but it is unclear when it will be brought up for a vote given Kahlon’s opposition to it.