Op-ed: Political crisis proves Israel needs a constitution

By Akiva Eldar, 27 March
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (photo credit: Bundesministerium für europäische und internationale Angelegenheiten/flickr)
Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein (photo credit: Bundesministerium für europäische und internationale Angelegenheiten/flickr)
The term “anarchy” was ubiquitous this past week in Israel’s political discourse, unrelated to criticism of the government’s handling of the coronavirus crisis. Senior representatives of the executive branch talked about “anarchy.” For example, Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz said that even though his Likud party disagrees with the Supreme Court’s ruling ordering Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein to urgently convene the plenary to elect a new speaker, “we will not reach a state of anarchy.” Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan and Agriculture Minister Tzachi Hanegbi, both of the Likud, expressed similar viewpoints. Blue and White leader Benny Gantz urged Interim Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “to tell the people of Israel in no uncertain terms that Supreme Court rulings must be obeyed and that there will be no anarchy in Israel.”
Read the full article here: Al-Monitor

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