Israeli Supreme Court strikes down law curtailing its powers

By Jen Krausz on
 January 2, 2024

The Israeli Supreme Court on Monday struck down a law passed by the legislature and signed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that limited some of its powers.

The legislation took away the court's power to strike down laws it deemed "unreasonable," while leaving other powers intact.

The Israeli public strongly objected to the new law, and public protests took place prior to the Oct. 7 Hamas attack, which has since dominated the news.

Eight of the court's 15 justices ruled to strike down the law, saying that it would harm Israel's democracy severely.

Netanyahu's Likud party said the ruling was unfortunate, while opposition leaders praised it.

The Israeli PM is also facing corruption charges at a time when the country needs to be unified to fight Hamas.