Merav Cohen, Interview

Merav Cohen: "If the court cannot touch basic laws - the ceremony is over"

MK Merav Cohen: "I personally hope that they will not accept that it is impossible to enact any fundamental law whatsoever and it will not be possible to touch it. Because it will encourage misuse of fundamental laws," and what she thinks about the compromise proposals

Meirav Cohen

At the middle of the discussion at the High Court on the reason for the Reasonableness Law, we caught MK Merav Cohen (Yesh Atid) to ask her opinion, on the issue of the court's disqualification of fundamental laws.

Your initial impression of the judges' comments, Where is this going?

The truth is that no one has any idea how the court will treat this issue of whether it is possible to invalidate a basic law, For many years the court has been wary of reaching this very hot issue. Obviously, there are those who are more conservative and there are those who say that it is possible to cancel. I personally hope that they will not accept that it is impossible to enact any basic law whatsoever and it will not be possible to touch it. Because it will encourage the misuse of fundamental laws.

We may see very extreme things. Bottom line, given that any law can be defined as a fundamental law - if a court cannot touch fundamental laws, this means that the ceremony is dead. Any court decision can be appealed and overturned.

As a parliamentarian, don't you want to see the status of the Knesset as representing the will of the people?

Today, the Knesset is very weak because the government's automatic majority hurts the Knesset. The Knesset's weakness is vis-a-vis the executive authority. The court was very careful not to intervene, it did so in very few cases when it contradicted the basic principles of democracy.

Faced with the negotiations for a compromise, do you think it is possible to reach an agreement of one kind or another with the Prime Minister?

The main problem is trust. No one believes Netanyahu, neither in the opposition nor probably in the coalition. And so I suggest that he stop with the spins. Put things on the table, say what you are ready for and what you are not ready for, and then we can argue. All the leaks and denials only increase the distrust.

We agreed to the compromise of the president and the compromise of the Histadrut, but under such conditions of distrust, he must stand up in front and say what he is ready for and what he is not ready for.

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