With Israel dealing with how to reform its Supreme Court, Mark Levin’s latest edition of LevinTV interviewed Professor Eugene Kontorovich of George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School.
Kontorovich described to Levin the problems facing Israel caused by its Supreme Court decisions.. He advocated for overhauling the country’s entire judicial system, which Levin noted sounds very similar to what he has been calling for in terms of problems with the US judicial system
Levin noted that “the more religious groups they don't seem to have a fair Shake in many of these rulings. You have people living in Judea and Samaria who are Jewish, they don't seem to get a fair shake from this court and we can go on and on and on.”
Kontorovich went on to explain that the “current arrangement in Israel as a result of the judicial revolution that was announced by the Supreme Court in the 1990s. It is much more like an autocracy, much more like a tyranny in that some of the most important decisions in the country, including potentially even who can be prime minister, are made by a group of self-selecting Judges with absolutely no check on them and no possibility for correcting any of the errors over time through democratic or popular processes.”
“It's not really a court,” he continued. “It is essentially a supreme legislative chamber, not picked by the people, which exercises total power over anything the government or the legislature might do. So these reforms would simply uh make Israel function more like a democracy in which there is some political input, in which the people have some say in the fundamental decisions governing them.”
Levin noted that judicial reform is needed for the government of Israel to “try to return to a better balance, some semblance of a true democracy.”
“This does not mean that Netanyahu will get to pick the justices of the Supreme Court. This means there will be a commission when Netanyahu is in power, he'll have more say in it and when the left is in power they will have more insight and there will be a rotation a rotation,” Kontorovich said.