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Israel’s slippery slope

By Nouriel Roubini

31 Jul 2023 · 3 min read

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  1. Israel's government has raised alarms around the world with its plans to disempower the judiciary, Nouriel Roubini writes in PS.

TEL AVIV – My current visit to Israel has coincided with a period of unprecedented political turmoil. A radical right-wing government’s package of legislation to disempower the judiciary has started to be adopted, leading many to worry that this great country’s robust liberal democracy is being eroded.

Since Israel lacks a formal written constitution, it is crucial that it maintains an independent Supreme Court and judiciary. That, after all, is what makes a democracy liberal – not just free and fair elections but also rule of law, protections for minorities, and appropriate checks and balances on executive and legislative power.

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