FACT-CHECK: Netanyahu on Democracy

In a Fox News interview, Netanyahu said the cancelation of the Reasonableness law would not affect Israeli democracy. “This is presented by our opponents as being this awful end to democracy," he said.


While it is true that canceling Reasonableness alone might not be an "awful end to democracy," (see our piece, FACT-CHECK: Netanyahu on Constitutionality for more details), many Israeli government Coalition members have announced that they will not hold by various Israeli Supreme Court rulings, unless those rulings are favorable to the Coalition. Specifically, they are discussing whether the Supreme Court can rule on amendments to the Basic Laws. The Court has not yet decided on this.

However, members of the government refusing to uphold decisions of the Supreme Court may signal an end to democracy; certainly this is the way to create a constitutional crisis.