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The Purse and the Sword: The Trials of Israel's Legal Revolution

Daniel Friedmann


The Purse and the Sword presents a critical analysis of the Israeli legal system in the context of Israeli politics, history, and the forces that shape Israeli society. The book examines the extensive powers that Israel’s Supreme Court has arrogated to itself since the 1980s and traces the history of the transformation of the Israeli legal system and the shifts in the balance of power between the branches of government. Centrally, this shift has put unprecedented power in the hands of both the Court and Israel’s attorney general and state prosecution at the expense of Israel’s cabinet, constit ... More

Keywords: Israeli legal system, judicial activism, history of Israel, Yom Kippur War, Israeli political system, law and politics, state and religion, citizenship and nationality, Jewish identity, Israeli Supreme Court, separation of powers

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190278502
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190278502.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel Friedmann, author
Dean of the Faculty of Law, Professor of Law (Emeritus), Tel-Aviv University, and Minister of Justice in Israel, 2007-2009

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