Republican leaders in the Knesset
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MK Ohad Tal (Religious Zionism party) met today in the Knesset with a group of Republican leaders on a delegation to Israel arranged by AIEF.

"I welcome and cherish AIEF's continued standing by the State of Israel,” Tal said. “Your lobby is proof of the important connection of the Jews in the United States with the State of Israel."

Tal presented to the members of the delegation his view on the issue of judicial reform and read to them excerpts from the US Senate hearing of Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan.

Senator Charles Grassly expressed concern following the judge's expressions of admiration for Israeli Supreme Court President Aharon Barak because according to him, his legal concept is predatory and aggressive and ascribes power over legislative matters to the court.

Tal added that he wanted to strengthen Israeli democracy.

"We here in the State of Israel, the only democracy in the Middle East, also want to strengthen Israeli democracy,” he said. “The principle of separation of powers will restore public trust in the law and justice systems while returning power to the people and their elected representatives."

"The Supreme Court, sitting as the High Court of Israel, does not currently represent the public. The judges are chosen by a handful who have assumed the powers that affect all the citizens of Israel."