Chief justice decries ‘politicization’ of judiciary as new judges sworn in

Esther Hayut alleges government efforts to interfere with judicial appointments panel for ‘ulterior motives,’ in criticism appeared aimed at lawmakers from Netanyahu’s Likud party

Supreme Court Chief Justice Esther Hayut on Thursday implicitly accuse the government of seeking to meddle in judicial appointments, in criticism that appeared aimed at lawmakers from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud party.

Speaking at a swearing-in ceremony for new judges, Hayut said “there were those who tried to thwart” the work of the Judicial Appointments Committee for “ulterior motives.”

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