Famed US Attorney and Defender of Israel Opposes Legal Overhaul

TEL AVIV – Prominent US attorney Alan Dershowitz, long a staunch defender of Israeli policy on the international stage, said Sunday he could not defend himself far-reaching judicial reforms planned by Israel’s new government.

The proposals call for an overhaul aimed at reducing the powers of the judiciary, including by allowing lawmakers to pass laws that the Supreme Court has struck down. The reforms would give politicians more power over how judges are selected, including limiting the independence of government legal advisers.

The legal reforms have been essential to solidify the current coalition government, led by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and made up of conservative, ultra-nationalist and ultra-Orthodox parties seeking to advance their agenda with less judicial oversight.

Dershowitz said the reforms posed a threat to civil liberties and minority rights in Israel.

“If I were in Israel, I would join the protests,” Dershowitz told Israeli Army Radio, referring to it Protest in Tel Aviv on Saturday against the reforms, which attracted thousands.

“It will make it much more difficult for people like me who are trying to defend Israel in the international court of public opinion to defend her effectively,” he said. “It would be a tragedy to see the Supreme Court weakened.”

It was unusual to hear Dershowitz, who has written best-selling books in support of Israeli policies and is close to Netanyahu, be so outspoken against the proposed reforms. Dershowitz said he recently briefed Netanyahu on his “very strong, negative opinion” on the reforms, saying they would also subject Israel to legal challenges from global bodies like the International Criminal Court.

The reforms could also help Netanyahu, who is on trial for corruption, avoid conviction or have his trial disappear altogether. Dershowitz said he believes Netanyahu agreed to the reforms not to save himself from conviction but to appease partners in his new ruling coalition.

Critics accuse the government of declaring war on the legal system and say the plan will upend Israel’s system of checks and balances and undermine its democratic institutions by giving absolute power to the most far-right coalition in the country’s history.

The government says the plan strikes the right balance between the executive and judicial branches while streamlining governance and legislation.

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