Netanyahu tells Piers Morgan democracy is safe in Israel despite his moves to wrest control of ‘too powerful’

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu He insisted he was not trying to destroy democracy amid the worst protests in the country’s history over his controversial move to take over the judiciary.

With hundreds of thousands of Israelis once again out on the streets of major cities like Tel Aviv, and many world leaders including President Biden warning him of endangering democracy, Netanyahu accused the Israeli Supreme Court of becoming “too powerful” and “overturning” government decisions. Unacceptable interference.

He has vigorously defended his reforms, which critics say will undermine the court’s independence, handing over the power to choose judges, and the right to overrule court decisions, to politicians like himself and his cabinet.

In an exclusive global interview with me regarding my program “Piers Morgan Uncensored” (which airs on Fox Nation tomorrow, Monday) Netanyahu said: “Another thing that characterizes the judiciary in Israel is that judges object to the appointment of judges, they effectively choose themselves and that doesn’t exist. In any democracy. The reform we’re dealing with now corrects that.”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government is expected to push ahead with a comprehensive reform of the country's judicial system.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government is expected to push ahead with a comprehensive reform of the country’s judicial system. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

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He added, “There’s a lot of tension right now and I wish it wasn’t, but I’m pretty confident we’ll get through that difficulty, because you have to fix things that are magnified. Right now, you have a situation where you have 15 unelected members of the Supreme Court ruling Israel effectively.They can decide things that affect our army, our economy, our foreign relations and our battle with terrorism.Is that right?Is this democratic?No, it’s not democratic.You want to correct it.Israel is democratic in the sense that you vote for a government but when you vote for a government you want to rule That government. Right now, that government’s powers to govern are severely constrained by a supreme court that has more powers than any other democracy on earth. You’re not saying that those other democracies are somehow tainted, somehow not democratic because they have a better balance of power “.

And he was martyred America’s system as one pays to be imitatedand prove that it works.

“In America for example,” he said, “who chooses the judges? The politicians. The president and the politicians then have to confirm. This is repeated in most democracies one way or another. How are judges independent? They’re independent because once they’re there, they’re there either until Retirement or even life, and this is what happened in the United States now, the former president (Trump) chose some strong conservative judges and at the first opportunity voted against him, because they are independent, therefore, the independence of the judiciary will always be preserved.

But his critics say that Netanyahu has another reason for his desire to control the Israeli courts, and that is because he is embroiled in an ongoing corruption and bribery trial and wants to ensure that he will not be convicted.

And the country’s first public prosecutor, Gali Bahrav-Mayara, had just accused him of breaking the law by directly implicated himself in reforming the judiciary while facing such serious charges, describing it as illegal and tainted by a conflict of interest.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, Thursday, February 23, 2023. (Ronen Zvulun/Pool Photo via AP)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem, Thursday, February 23, 2023. (Ronen Zvulun/Pool Photo via AP) ((Ronen Zvulun/Pool Photo via AP))

Netanyahu criticized her statement as “totally false” and said:

“I maintain the same constraints on conflicts of interest, and I stand by every consideration that my case will not be affected one iota by this legal reform. But I Prime Minister of Israel, Israel is going through the most severe crisis in many years, to say that the Prime Minister of Israel can’t deal with something to try to solve this crisis, he can’t talk about it, he can’t try to solve this issue, and he can’t care about the country’s security? This is ridiculous. As the Prime Minister of Israel, I have a responsibility to see if I can somehow reach a conclusion to this impasse, somehow reach a solution so that we have responsible judicial democratic reform and at the same time preserve the cohesion of the state. Who would do that if not the prime minister? “

Opposition to Netanyahu’s move on the judiciary has grown to include generals, scholars, businessmen and former heads of the Mossad, all lining up to condemn the reforms.

In an alarming escalation of the crisis, the Reserve Airmen refused to attend a training exercise and were joined by some 650 members of the Reserve. IDF Special Forces Command and military intelligence electronic warfare units.

A previously unimaginable development given Netanyahu’s usual boast of being Israel’s “Mr. Security”.

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Now, even members of his coalition government have broken ranks to criticize her.

Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, a former US Navy officer, called on him to stop the plans immediately, describing them as a “clear, immediate and tangible danger to the security of the state.”

Netanyahu fired Galant Sunday, prompting Israel’s consul general in New York, Assaf Zamir, to resign in protest.

Signaling that he is preparing to water down the bill, Netanyahu issued a renewed call to his opponents to negotiate and told me: “There is one consideration that critics and opponents of judicial reform raise, and I think is a legitimate concern and that is that you want to move from one end to the middle. You don’t want the pendulum to swing to the other side.” As the Knesset, our Parliament, can overturn any decision of the Supreme Court and I think that requires balance. I agree with that.”

Along with the reformist protests there was a dramatic increase in tension and violence with 88 Palestinians and 15 Israelis were killed So far this year, the highest death rate in two decades.

Many say these fatal losses are fueled by incendiary rhetoric from far-right extremists in Netanyahu’s government, and in particular, Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, who once advocated separating maternity wards for Arab and Jewish newborns, to be separated at birth.

  Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a hearing at the Magistrate's Court in Rishon Lezion, Israel, on Monday, January 23, 2023. Netanyahu made a surprise trip to Jordan to meet with King Abdullah II.  Tuesday 24 January.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a hearing at the Magistrate’s Court in Rishon Lezion, Israel, on Monday, January 23, 2023. Netanyahu made a surprise trip to Jordan to meet with King Abdullah II. Tuesday 24 January. (Abeer Sultan/Pool Photo via AP)

Smotrich is now in charge of the civil administration of the occupied West Bank and sparked outrage last week when he called for the “erasing” of the Palestinian town of Hawara by the state of Israel, following the killing of two Israeli soldiers by Palestinians.

Netanyahu admitted those comments were “totally unacceptable” but said: “Be fair to him, I don’t know if it was after 20 minutes or after 30 minutes or after a few hours, he said, ‘I misunderstood, that’s not what I meant’.” .’ We don’t believe in collective punishment. I go after terrorists and I go after those who support terrorists. But I don’t believe in collective punishment.”

Smotrich caused further outrage with a speech denying the existence of the Palestinians, saying: “Who was the first Palestinian king? What was the language of the Palestinians? Was there a Palestinian currency? Is there a Palestinian history or culture? Nothing. There is no such thing as a Palestinian people.”

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Netanyahu said he disagreed with that view, but risked further angering the Palestinians by making it clear: “I think there was no Palestinian people in the nineteenth century, clearly. Their national consciousness moved in the twentieth century. See it. But I think they’re out there. They certainly live among us and we have to live among them.”

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