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    • Ben Gurion
    • 21.05.06 | 20:04 (IDT)

    "Justice Edmond Levy, agreed with [Barak] but refused to sign his conclusion that the law is unconstitutional, as it is supposed to lapse in two months time," - G. Levy The Court had a 6:5 majority for cancelling the law (with Justice Levy willing to give the State 9 months to come up with an alternative). Sounds reasonable, on a very difficult issue, but it doesn't satisfy an ideologue like Gideon Levy, who even accuses Barak for the opinions of his colleagues. Levy, Barak is not chief of the mind police, only the Chief Justice, with no authority over his colleagues other than administrative matters. Security considerations are very valid. I would have agreed to an extension, and it is too bad the 5 justices, including Barak, did not negotiate this with Justice Levy and accepted his view: The law would have been struck effective 9 months from now. In fact, the issue which gave rise to the law, suicide bombings, is a phenomenon of the past, with the "wall" nearing completion.

    from the article: Barak's mail to Yale
    First published 00:00 21.05.06 | Last updated 00:00 21.05.06
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