Israel SC Hears Challenges to Law Aimed at Protecting PM from Removal

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The new law limits the conditions for declaring an Israeli prime minister unfit for office, which reduces the possibility of removing Netanyahu for conflict of interest over his ongoing corruption trial.

JERUSALEM — Israel’s Supreme Court has heard arguments challenging a controversial law that makes it harder to remove an incumbent prime minister.

An 11-judge panel of the court’s 15 judges convened for the discussion on Thursday, which was chaired by Chief Justice Esther Hayut, reports Xinhua news agency.

They discussed appeals against a law known as the “incapacitation law” that was passed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition in March.

The new law limits the conditions for declaring an Israeli prime minister unfit for office, which reduces the possibility of removing Netanyahu for conflict of interest over his ongoing corruption trial.

During the court discussion, several judges said that the law seems to be intended for the personal benefit of Netanyahu amid a graft trial.

Hayut suggested that to avoid the appearance of a law personally tailored for Netanyahu, the applicability of the law should be postponed until after the next elections.

The hearing was the latest in several legal challenges against the contentious judicial reform which has been promoted by the most right-wing government in Israel’s history and has sparked months of mass protests across the country. — IANS

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