During the ceremony, held in the presence of Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman and Supreme Court President Asher Grunis, President Peres commended the judges and stressed that "It is the responsibility of the judicial system to work within complexities that demand judgment and agility… The pursuit of peace and truth were meant to go hand in hand, to overcome crime so that a dangerous minority does not terrorize an entire society that strives to maintain moral standards.
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"Democracy is not dependent only on the leadership; leaders today – more than ever – are dependent on public opinion, which of course poses great responsibility for the individual; every citizen must feel that the fate of the State is in his or her hands. It's not hard to distinguish between light and darkness."
Grunis (L), Peres, Neeman (Photo: Ohad Zwigenberg)
The new judges, all chosen to serve in magistrates courts across the country, are: Lior Beringer, Rakefet Segal-Mohar, Tal Paperni, Shmuel Melamed, Orit Clara Lipschitz, Noa Tavor, Shmuel Herbst, Muhammad Ali, Abigail Zechariah, Mordechai Burstein, Ohad Gordon, Roee Perry. Ephraim Tchizik was named senior registrar.
Earlier this year, Minister Neeman criticized the Israeli judicial system and expressed his hope that with the appointment of 164 new judges out of 228 nominations, an "essential change" brought to Israeli courts will sustain.
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