The chairman of the Israeli National Unity Party, Benny Gantz, criticized the reforms of the judiciary announced by Justice Minister Yariv Levin.
In an interview with the Israeli Channel 13 News, Gantz asked to convey the message to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and said: “Yes, you were elected by a majority. Yes, you have a legitimate basis for forming a government. Yes, you have to manage… However, you do not have the legal authority to dismantle the legal system in Israel. You will be remembered as the person who allowed the system to degrade to an unbalanced and dangerous place for democracy in Israel.”
Gantz said the reform was essentially aimed at “regime change in Israel” and added: “We don’t have a balanced system. We don’t have a constitution that protects us. We don’t have two wards. There is a government that basically controls the Knesset, and now they will control the courts together.”
Gantz explained that he is not entirely against judicial reform and even pointed out some points that need to be corrected in it.
“We propose a solution, an orderly reform based on the Basic Law: legislation that will be carried out through a long process and with behind-the-scenes opportunism. This will be done together with all relevant authorities. Then, if the Knesset wants to invalidate the supreme court’s ruling, it will be enforced by a majority vote, which is not a political accident,” the politician said.
Gantz, asked if he was thinking about joining Netanyahu’s government, said: “I cannot sit in an extremist government that aims to harm the justice system. There is a great danger to the country and individuals here. our legal protection in the world.”