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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 Legal Revolution Takes Off

The Legal Revolution Takes Off

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(p.51) 6 The Legal Revolution Takes Off
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The Purse and the Sword
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Daniel Friedmann

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190278502.003.0006

This chapter examines the legal revolution, the dramatic upheaval in which the legal establishment would come to overshadow the other branches of government in Israel. It begins with the transitional period that occurred in 1975 to 1983, as on the tail end of Menachem Begin’s tenure in office, the government would come to face a more assertive Supreme Court. The revolution itself began on Meir Shamgar’s ascension to the post of chief justice of the Supreme Court in November 1983, and would reach its climax during Aharon Barak’s tenure as chief justice. The legal revolution was characterized by the rapid annulment of a series of legal rules and principles that had previously constituted the foundation of the Israeli system. They were replaced, one after the other, with new rules that expanded the powers of the Supreme Court and transformed it into a major actor in the governance of the state.

Keywords:   Israeli Supreme Court, legal revolution, Meir Shamgar, Aharon Barak, Israeli legal system, judicial review, justiciability, reasonableness, standing

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