A change in the law that makes it more difficult to remove a head of government from office in Israel is not due to come into force until the next legislative period. This was decided by the High Court in Jerusalem in a ruling published on Wednesday. The reason given was that the law was clearly tailored to a specific person. Parliament therefore abused its authority by approving the change in the law. It decided in March that a three-quarters majority would be required to remove a prime minister from office.
The change was particularly controversial because it was seen as personally tailored to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his needs. He is accused of wanting to protect himself against impeachment. A corruption trial has been ongoing against the 74-year-old for a long time. According to the change in the law, a prime minister could only be removed from office for mental or other health reasons. This was intended to prevent the Supreme Court or the Attorney General’s Office from exerting influence.
In a dramatic decision on Monday, the judges overturned a core element of the controversial judicial reform in Israel. The core of the rejected change in the law was that the Supreme Court was deprived of the opportunity to take action against “inappropriate” decisions by the government, the Prime Minister or individual ministers.