March 20, 2023 13:51 GMT
Yair Lapid Says Opposition Will Take Gov't To High Court If Judicial Overhaul Is Passed
The Times of Israel reports that opposition leader Yair Lapid told a faction meeting of his Yesh Atid party that if the government adopts its controversial judicial reforms, Israel will cease being a democracy. Lapid vowed to file a lawsuit to the High Court if the coalition adopts its legislative proposals by the Knesset’s Passover recess.
- "We’ll appeal to the High Court and I believe and hope that the High Court will rule that the law is illegal and there is no [legitimate] Judicial Selection Committee."
- Lapid reiterated that he stands ready to negotiate with the government on the basis of President Isaac Herzog's "People's Framework" for a judicial overhaul, which the government had earlier rejected.
- Asked if he will suspend large-scale demonstration for the 75th anniversary of Israel's independence next month, Lapid said that "we’ll wait and see if we still have a country for the state ceremonies, because they are gradually destroying it."