Report: Shin Bet to Boost Protection of Supreme Court President Who Ordered Outpost Evacuated

According to Channel 10 report, Shin Bet has no specific information concerning threats to Miriam Naor, though opted to beef up protection due to the tense nature of the situation.

Israeli Supreme Court President Miriam Naor.
Olivier Fitoussi

The Shin Bet security service will boost protection of Supreme Court President Miriam Naor following the High Court of Justice's ruling that the illegal West Bank outpost of Amona must be evacuated by the end of 2016, Channel 10 News reported Thursday evening.

According to the report, the Shin Bet has no information about a specific individual or a group intending to harm Justice Naor. The agency, however, reportedly opted to reassess amid the tense nature of the situation.

The Shin Bet responded that it does not relate levels of security of officials under protection to the media.

On Monday, the High Court rejected the state’s request to delay the evacuation of the outpost, and the justices criticized the state’s conduct in the matter. The outpost is thus set to be evacuate on the date decided by the court two years ago – December 25.

The ruling was made by Justices Naor (who wrote the ruling) Esther Hayut and Hanan Melcer. "In the case before us, as well as in previous instances, they asked at 'the last minute' to extend the date of evacuation as set in a court ruling," the ruling stated. "We need to ensure that a date set in a court ruling doesn't turn into a recommendation."

“We must be careful lest dates set in a ruling become a recommendation. The obligation to honor court rulings is not a matter of choice. It is essential to government by law," it continued. 

The judges also said that the state's request, which "relies primarily on considerations taken into account in the original application, effectively represents an attempt to alter its balance. That is unacceptable."

The justices warned that failure to implement the ruling would convey a message “that it is possible to avoid implementing court rulings due to the state's concern about threats and violence." Such a message is unacceptable in a state of law, they added.