Former justice minister Yossi Beilin was wrong to suggest that Moshe Katsav should be pardoned.
Professor Ze'ev Segal is the senior legal commentator for Haaretz newspaper, and a member of its editorial board. His articles focus on Supreme Court judgments and legal issues of vital public importance.
An associate professor of law at Tel Aviv University, Segal is also an observer on The Israeli Press Council, chairperson of the Israel Diaspora Forum at the World Zionist Organization and co-chairperson of the Forum of Law and Society. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and a PhD in Law from Tel Aviv University.
Segal is the author of five books on law, including The Right to Know in the Light of the Freedom of Information Act, and Freedom of the Press: Between Myth and Reality.
Justice should not only be done, it should be visible, something that has not occurred yet.
Never before has a president in the democratic world been found guilty of such deeds; the charges in the indictment have been proven beyond reasonable doubt, essentially beyond any form of doubt at all.
The prosecution undertook a difficult task in this unprecedented case: proving beyond a reasonable doubt that rape was committed. But indictments are one thing and verdicts are another.
The cabinet is planning to kill the proposed code of ethics drafted by a committee headed by former Supreme Court President Shamgar.
Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch's appointment of Yaakov Ganot as the director of his ministry demonstrates arrogance and lack of judgment.
In the country's history, it's hard to find such a great disaster that was not investigated by a commission of inquiry, or at least a lower-level investigative committee.
A commission of inquiry should look into the state of the country's firefighting force, not only into who is responsible for the outbreak of the Carmel fires.
In a society that is polarized in so many ways and lacking a constitution, the referendum is a destructive experiment.
Many experts say that in a polarized society, a referendum can often make the rifts even deeper.
The Israeli public has not yet grasped the idea that constitutional judicial review is an integral feature of advanced democracy.
If Hanegbi is found to have committed turpitude it's possible the High Court will intervene against his appointment.
Missteps by prosecutors must be subject to competent and reliable outside oversight.
A proposed bill attempts to circumvent a High Court ruling that forces the state to pay the financial burden to protect basic human rights.
It should be recalled that the decision to convict MK Tzachi Hanegbi of perjured testimony and filing a false affidavit was only supported by two of the three judges in his case rather than by unanimous decision.
The attorney general should reopen the investigation of Ehud Barak's wife over suspicions that she employed a foreign worker who lacked a work permit.
The Knesset must act to preserve its role in the central political decision making process, while preventing the government from taking control of the substance of legislation through "arrangements."
The Neeman-Lieberman proposal lacks emphasis on the state's obligation to ensure full equality for all its citizens.