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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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Political Agreements and Prizes

Political Agreements and Prizes

(p.163) 18 Political Agreements and Prizes
The Purse and the Sword

Daniel Friedmann

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines two nonjusticiable areas that became nonetheless subjected to attempts by the Supreme Court to intervene. Political compacts, such as coalition agreements, comprise one of these areas. The classic Supreme Court held that such agreements remained outside of the court’s jurisdiction, but also made it clear that a political agreement cannot sanction an illicit act. However, in the wake of the legal revolution the Supreme Court began to review political agreements. Another issue that came before the court was the award of prizes by public bodies. Section 33 of the Contracts Law (General Part) states that, in the case of a contract to award a degree or prize according to the decision of one of the sides or a third party, “the decision . . . according to the contract is not a subject for litigation in court.” But this provision likewise did nothing to cool the Supreme Court’s fervor for delving into this issue.

Keywords:   political compacts, political agreements, awarding of prizes, Supreme Court’s jurisdiction, court intervention, judicial review

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