Israel’s attorney-general tells Netanyahu to stay out of push for judicial changes

Israel’s attorney-general tells Netanyahu to stay out of push for judicial changes

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By Maayan LubellJERUSALEM (Reuters) -Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must stay out of his cabinet's push to overhaul the judicial system, a plan that could give the government "unlimited power", Israel's attorney-general said on Thursday, adding friction to a bitter row over the proposals.In an official legal advisory to Justice Minister Yariv Levin, Gali Baharav-Miara said the planned changes would harm the country's democratic checks and balances, and risked giving the government unbridled power that would be "a sure recipe for harming human rights and clean governance".The plans to strengthen political control over appointments of judges, including the Supreme Court, while weakening that body's ability to overturn legislation or rule against the government, have brought tens of thousands of Israelis onto the streets in nationwide protests.Critics say the proposed changes will…
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