High Court's Netanyahu verdict may pose danger to democracy

Netanyahu is publicly corrupt, he deepens the rift within our society, cooperates with racists and leads us to a one-state disaster; but even assuming that he's is bad for Israel, a judicial decision to ban him from the premiership is much worse

Ben-Dror Yemini|
The possibility of the High Court of Justice barring Prime Minister Netanyahu from running in the upcoming elections is slowly becoming a reality. Let us all hold hands together and pray that day away.
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  • Such a momentous decision will cross all political and judicial boundaries in Israel.
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    בית המשפט העליון
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    If the courts, G-d forbid, decide to unequivocally trample the written law and prohibit Netanyahu from forming a government, all hell will break loose, with at least, if not more than half the population raising his banner and galloping to the polls in order to keep the right in power.
    Netanyahu is very bad for Israel, even if his corruption is not of a criminal nature, it sure is a public one.
    He deepened the schism within the nation, leading Israel towards the disaster that is a one-state solution and colluded with racists and bigots in order to further his needs.
    But there is a difference between a political stance and public criticism. The foundational constitutional principles of this nation clearly state that he is innocent until proven otherwise.
    The law states that the prime minister doesn't have to resign from his post unless found guilty for crimes that carry unquestionable moral turpitude.
    Had only Netanyahu served the public interest and resigned, he would've rid us of this legal dilemma; but alas, even if he is cynically abusing the law, it is still on his side.
    Therefore, all claims that he is not a "real" prime minister due to him overseeing a caretaker administration and that due to this the law does not apply to him; this is nothing but insipid casuistry to deceive the public's opinion and prepare the groundwork for the infringing decision.
    The danger lying at our doorstep is the uncertainty of whether the honorable justices will understand the need to restrain themselves.
    The matter at hand, Netanyahu's eligibility for the premiership, is a public issue and any attempt to turn it into a legal one poses a great danger to democracy.
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    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
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    So does the notion that Netanyahu is bad for the country, making a judicial barring even worse for the state. Two percent of the public at most will make the effort to read the verdict bill.
    The greater majority has already formed a firm decision on the matter without waiting for the courts.
    Many of those in the public considered enlightened, have already started applying pressure on their friends on the judge's bench. This section of the public sees the courts as their final hope. They don't want a democratic resolution. They don’t just oppose Netanyahu – a legitimate opinion – but have developed a deep-seated hatred for the man, driving them mad with anger.
    For them, the end justifies the means.
    It's hard for them to comprehend that democracy is not achieved by trampling it.
    Netanyahu needs a Hanukkah miracle, and as far as he's concerned, he can wait until Purim.
    With two inconclusive election cycles and a third one thrust upon him, his stakes are high and he's betting all of his chips.
    He's hoping the upcoming general vote will not deal with the main issues which should be bothering him: From Iran and Hamas building their strength to the ultra-Orthodox-nationalist government he wants to put in place.
    He only wants us to talk about him and him alone. He wants to be the underdog, the victim. Victim playing, which has already become Netanyahu and the right's main trade and identity, is no longer exclusive to the anti-Israeli left.
    if I may, I would like to apply pressure on the judges from the other end of the spectrum. Not from the side of Netanyahu's devotees, but from the side of those who are devoted to an impartial process, the rule of law and the continued peaceful existence of our democracy.
    Please, do not involve yourself in this matter. Looking out at the world through the windows of the halls of justice can obscure the bigger picture sometimes. Caring only for your close compatriots and friends could be dangerous.
    But know this: if the intoxicating feeling of power clouds your mind – you will be responsible for whatever follows. You will be the culprits of a great and horrible schism. You will damage the rule of law and strengthen the right-wing camp. Some within this camp salivate at such a decision to prove the "High Court's collusion against democracy."
    Please leave the matter be and immediately reject the petition laid in front of you before it is too late.
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