To a rowdy melee of cheers and boos, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked effectively declared war on the High Court of Justice on Monday, hitting it with blow after blow for the recent decision declaring the natural gas policy unconstitutional.
Shaked said she fears that the world will start to view Israel as a “country which eats its investors.”
She added that “the significance of the decision…could cost the government billions of shekels.”
The justice minister said “the decision caused great harm to Israel” by entering into political and economic issues beyond its purview.
Shaked even slammed the High Court for what she called hypocrisy. She asked “why didn’t the court use its discretion to intervene” and veto “the Oslo Accords which created instability.”
She cited former Supreme Court president Aharon Barak as calling areas where it was unclear what lines were between the Knesset and the High Court “black holes” to be filled by the Court.