Eleven judges of the Supreme Court in Jerusalem decided unanimously this month that, despite the corruption charges against him, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu can lead the next government. In the same breath the nation’s top justices rejected several petitions against Netanyahu’s disputed coalition agreement with his new ally, former army chief Benny Gantz.
In a conversation with my colleagues, we discussed to what extent one can make a comparison with the 400 prophets of King Ahab, who voted unanimously for what was expected of them.
The Supreme Court’s recent verdict did emphasize that the coalition agreement between Likud and “Blue and White” was “legally problematic.” Even so, the justices saw no reason for the judiciary to get involved at this point. Had the court struck down the agreement, or denied Netanyahu more years in office, Israel would have gone to its fourth election in less than two years.
The two-day court hearing was broadcast live for the first time. This was done so that all Israelis could get a direct, transparent account of the…