Israeli justice minister wants return of biblical law

Tuesday, December 08, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff

Israeli Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman on Tuesday said he hopes to oversee the first stages of a return of biblical or Torah law in Israel.

Speaking at a conference in Jerusalem on Jewish monetary laws, Neeman that "Israel should regain the heritage of our Fathers, the primary and ultimate words of the Torah, which contain a complete solution to all the questions we deal with."

Neeman added that in a series of steps or stages, the biblical laws given by God through Moses could be reestablished as the law of the land in Israel.

Neeman came under heavy fire from left-wing opposition parties, which accused him of being akin to the Taliban and trying to trade civil law that protects all citizens with a religious law that will favor only those who adhere to that particular religion.

Neeman's office later clarified that he was not speaking of replacing the current civil law, but only of enhancing it by introducing more biblical morals and improving the image of biblical law among average Israelis.

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