Netanyahu a ‘stalwart’ defender of Supreme Court, PM’s spokesman tells ‘Economist’

In an indication of the sensitivity with which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu views criticism that he is trying to fiddle with the Supreme Court, his office wrote a letter to the British weekly The Economist at the weekend saying he will “vigorously” uphold the independence of the court.

The rare letter to the editor written by Netanyahu’s spokesman, Mark Regev, followed a critical piece in the May 2 edition of the influential news magazine headline titled, “Netanyahu v the Supreme Court” with the subhead, “The prime minister takes on the judiciary.”

According to the piece, the Supreme Court has “long been a solid pillar of the Jewish state’s democracy,” but now Netanyahu is “preparing for an unprecedented fight to muzzle the court.”


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