Israeli Supreme Court Strikes Down “Reasonableness” Clause, Preserves Judicial Power

On January 1, the Israeli High Court of Justice ruled that a law that removed the High Court of Justice’s ability to review laws passed by the Knesset, was unconstitutional.

This is the first time in Israel’s history that the High Court of Justice has invalidated a law passed by the Knesset. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition backed this law in a move that many Israelis believed demonstrated authoritarian intentions by the Prime Minister and his coalition. The passing of this law led to major nationwide protests throughout Israel for weeks. 

Photo of the High Court of Justice. Picture Credit: Cardozo Law

The Israeli government is now at a possible political gridlock, as any laws passed by the Prime Minister’s coalition will face serious scrutiny under the High Court of Justice. This ruling also threatens to reignite government reform protests.

This story is developing.