David Makovsky is the Ziegler Distinguished Fellow at The Washington Institute and director of the Koret Project on Arab-Israel Relations.
Articles & Testimony
If the government jettisons the idea of an independent judiciary, it could have a profound effect on the U.S.-Israel relationship.
Notwithstanding the heartfelt call by Israel’s president to pause the parliamentary process, the “constitution, law and justice committee” of Israel’s Knesset voted Monday to send a key provision of the judicial overhaul package for its first reading to the full plenary. This package, if enacted into law, would fundamentally change the balance of power between Israel’s branches of government. In the eyes of Israelis, the stakes could not be higher. The opponents of the package see it as threatening Israel’s democratic character...