Which road will Israel’s new justice minister take?

Justice Minister Amir Ohana has the opportunity to engage Israeli Supreme Court justices in a dialogue that could ultimately benefit the entire judicial system, but he might just as well continue to attack the court in ways pleasing to the person who appointed him, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Amir Ohana, selected to head Israel's Justice Ministry, is the country's first openly gay minister. Posted June 6, 2019.Facebook/Israel Reports

I confess to breathing a sigh of relief when I first learned of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s June 5 decision to appoint Knesset member Amir Ohana, a member of his Likud party, as Israel's next justice minister. Knesset member Bezalel Smotrich, the self-proclaimed candidate from the United Right, had said on June 3 that he wanted to take Israel back to the days of King David. Thus, the appointment of Ohana two days later enabled Israel to sound the all-clear siren, for now. 

Over the years, Ohana has made his stance toward the Supreme Court clear. We know it to be a negative attitude in a country without a written

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