Professor Aryeh Eldad
Professor Aryeh Eldad Miriam Alster / Flash 90

Former MK Professor Aryeh Eldad was interviewed on Radio 103FM and addressed the Supreme Court's rejection of the Regulation Law in which the court ordered an injunction against legalizing thousands of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.

"The most disturbing event to have taken place this week was the Supreme Court's striking down the Regulation Law. There's plenty to be said in that respect," he said.

"The Court has basically decided that it's the supreme authority in the State, and that it's above elected officials representing the citizens of the country whose opinions are irrelevant since it's the one with the final word. This basically amounts to a Supreme Court dictatorship."

"Even though the Left continues to lose the elections, it continues ruling the country by discarding legislature introduced by the Right. Even if we were to ignore the democratic rule of law, and assume that the Court is right in exerting the full scope of its authority, the hypocrisy with which it decides which laws to reject at the price of popular opinion while safeguarding others, should be a matter of concern for everyone involved," continued Eldad.

"Suppose we are willing to accept the opinion that the Court is the one to determine whether a new piece of legislature contradicts one of Israel's Basic Laws and should be repealed, and suppose the Court really believes the regulation law falls into that category. Suppose Jews build a house on land that once belonged to Arabs and that's wrong. But there are plenty of examples of Jewish-owned land invaded by Arabs and the State doing absolutely nothing about it. There's the 1971 case of 2,000 dunams in the Negev that belonged to the Orenstein and Golvenich families. Bedouins took over their territory. Rabin tried to settle the affair as late as 1994, but the State failed to do anything about it. Instead, it tried to settle the affair with the Bedouins. With them it's OK. The rightful landowners took them to court time and again, but for a period of 30 years, nothing was done."

"And when, after countless efforts, even the government had enough and tried to force the Court into taking a stand, it failed to do so right away. Why? Because they were dealing with Bedouins? What about Jewish real estate in Eastern Jerusalem? Isn't that worth anything? Apparently Arab rights to land they claim was once theirs where Jews dared build settlements are the only ones that count. Israel doesn't have the right to allow these communities to exist since it would be "inconsistent with Israeli legal values" to quote from yesterday's ruling."

"Jews in the Negev? Sure! Judea and Samaria? Hardly," quipped Eldad.

"The utter hypocrisy should have made even the most radical left-winger cringe," he concluded.

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