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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 Court Today

The Court Today

Moderate Rulings, Radical Principles

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The Purse and the Sword

Daniel Friedmann

Oxford University Press

This concluding chapter turns to more recent developments in the history of Israeli governance following Dorit Beinisch’s retirement in 2012. Her replacement, Chief Justice Asher Grunis, advocated a much more modest approach to judicial review in contrast to the judicial activism of his predecessor. The court as a whole grew less radical in its rulings, however, it did not change any of the rules established by the revolutionary court that had augmented the power of the legal system and expanded its authority. In fact, the Supreme Court remains, at least in theory, as powerful as it was in its most radical phase, despite the fact that the Knesset could easily strip it of its power to void laws and limit its jurisdiction on nonjusticiable issues. Why the Knesset has not done so is discussed in the remainder of the chapter.

Keywords:   Asher Grunis, Israeli Supreme Court, revolutionary court, Knesset, judicial review, judicial activism

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