The law would also have left Israel's center-right majority
without a strong medium to voice its opinions. Yet, although Solodkin's proposal was clearly antidemocratic, dozens of Knesset
members from the center and left supported it. So did many journalists. No protest rallies were held in the Cinemateque. Silencing
us is grievous, but silencing them is just fine. Because there is no universality in Israel, no rules of the game and no deep
understanding of liberal democracy.
It's depressing. This week the Knesset passed on first reading
a bill sponsored by MKs Yariv Levin (Likud ) and Meir Sheetrit (Kadima ) designed to make it harder for journalists to publish
in-depth investigative reports. Although the legislation emasculates the media and prevents the free flow of information,
the prime minister and defense minister supported it. They raised their hands to gag mouths, silence the truth and build a
criticism-proof government fortress.
True, Benjamin Netanyahu and Ehud Barak are scarred. They have
both been victims of media attacks, some of which were tainted with distortions and ulterior motives. But this cannot justify
the fact that an MIT graduate and a Stanford graduate lent a hand to an expressly anti-Jeffersonian bill. Both they and their
parties proved this week that there is no universality in Israel, no rules of the game and no deep understanding of liberal
It's depressing. For many months Jerusalem District Court Judge
Noam Sohlberg has been fair game. His opponents claim that anyone who lives over the Green Line cannot be a Supreme Court
justice. Thus they are trying to turn a political position (which I share ) into a binding legal practice. After all, more
than half a million Israelis live beyond the Green Line. The Knesset, cabinet and Supreme Court have ruled that living beyond
the Green Line is legal. So anyone who disqualifies Sohlberg is forcibly excluding more than half a million Israeli citizens.
We are liberals, obviously. Liberals who will not have a conservative
on the Supreme Court; who will not have a skullcap wearer on the Supreme Court. Liberals who will not have a person whose
ideology isn't ours on the Supreme Court. Because there is no universality in Israel, no rules of the game and no deep understanding
of liberal democracy.
It's depressing. Right before our eyes they are blocking Justice
Miriam Naor's way to the Supreme Court presidency. According to the law and custom, Naor was supposed to replace Beinisch
this coming February. But Naor is an enlightened, wise, courageous and hard-working justice. She does not belong to any clique.
So because she is worthy, she must be stopped.
The dark forces that are resolved to undermine the rule of law
are determined to replace her. So they are pushing a problematic law aimed at affecting one person with scandalous timing.
They are pressing, stirring and twisting; contaminating justice with politics. They are trying to degrade an enlightened court
by deposing Justice Naor. Because there is no universality in Israel, no rules of the game and no deep understanding of liberal
It's the bacterium of the end that justifies the means; the
disease of an agenda that bends the rules. The right gags the left in one way, the left gags the right in another. The right
tramples on the minority, the left tramples on the majority. Without universality, rules of the game and understanding of
liberal democracy, Israel is becoming a bullying and violent place.