A ḥaredi rabbi and editor who also clerked on the Supreme Court, Pfeffer is uniquely positioned to talk about a major aspect of the current crisis.
Israel’s parliamentary system produces weak governments that are increasingly liable to capture by minority parties, who have every incentive to indulge their most radical plans.
Israel’s court is abnormally powerful and has caused half the nation to lose faith in its government. Reform will help, as long as it doesn’t cause the other half to do the same.
Why the international obsession with the country’s judicial reforms?
Nissim of Girona on the separation of powers.
It knows what it opposes, but can rarely articulate what it supports.
Change is necessary and inevitable. But it must not amplify division or open the nation up to unintended consequences.
The rule of law isn’t the same as the rule of lawyers.
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The member of Knesset and architect of the effort to reform Israel’s judiciary speaks about the issue.
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