Shaked slams Supreme Court amid controversial issue of returning terrorists' bodies

During a speech at a legal conference, Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked slammed the Supreme Court regarding the storm surrounding the terrorists' bodies verdict and the promoting and amending of the Basic Law on Legislation. Shaked claimed that there is an increasing distance between the "old elite" and the Israeli public.
Hayut and Shaked Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked gave a scathing speech this evening (Thursday) at the Association for Public Law’s conference in Zichron Ya’akov, where Israeli Supreme Court Chief Justice Esther Hayut and Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit were both present. During her speech, Shaked addressed the criticism regarding the Basic Law on Legislation that she and Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett promoted. “Israel’s democracy is fleeing the people,” Shaked asserted.

According to Shaked, the latest controversy stems from the increasing distance between the “old elite” and the public. “The people sent us to the Knesset in order to make legal compromises that are achievable and will suit the reality of our lives,” Shaked said. “The distance is fed by a lack of familiarity with the public’s needs, weaknesses and frustrations,” Shaked added, blaming the courts.

Shaked then justified the public outrage surrounding the controversial Supreme Court ruling concerning Israel holding terrorists’ bodies: “Together with all of the Israeli people within the past few days, we astonishingly received the verdict that instructs the government to relinquish the terrorists’ bodies in our possession without new legislation.”

Ayelet then slammed the court: “How has the lack of explicit authorization to overturn laws never bothered the court? Does this authorization appear within the legal book in the court’s possession?”    

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