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The Purse and the SwordThe Trials of Israel's Legal Revolution$
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Daniel Friedmann

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190278502

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190278502.001.0001

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The Deri Trial

The Deri Trial

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The Purse and the Sword

Daniel Friedmann

Oxford University Press

This chapter recounts the trial of former Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, which remains the most important and dramatic criminal proceeding to be conducted in the era of the legal revolution. The Supreme Court had alienated a large part of the public, which lost trust in the judicial system, and reinforced their sense that the leaders of the Mizrahi community (Jews who came to Israel from Islamic states) suffered from discrimination. On top of this, both the government and the opposition sensed that Deri was a key figure and that his fall undermined the policies that the government sought to pursue. Ostensibly, the legal system emerged from its confrontation with Deri with the upper hand. The court’s victory, however, came at a high price.

Keywords:   Aryeh Deri, Deri trial, legal revolution, Mizrahi community, Israeli judicial system, Israeli legal system, Israeli Supreme Court

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