Israel's Legal System

The dominance of ultra-liberal values in all official state institutions is tied to the preeminent status acquired by Israel’s Supreme Court and the legal system as the unelected guardians of “enlightened” society. Establishment of new judicial norms, judicial activism, abrogation of Knesset laws and the constitutional revolution are part of the new legal and public discourse that the radical left has managed to impose upon Israel’s legal system.

This unit provides a critical perspective of fundamental values in the light of which the law and adjudication are interpreted, and their comparison with conservative approaches and perceptions in Jewish law, and of constitutional law in Israel and the status of the Supreme Court in Israel. Special attention will be paid to Israel’s status in terms of international law and the legal status of Judea, Samaria and Gaza.