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The purse and the sword : the trials of Israel's legal revolution

Author: Daniel Friedmann; Haim Watzman
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2016. ©2016
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The Purse and the Sword presents a critical analysis of Israel's legal system in the context of its politics, history, and the forces that shape its society. This book examines the extensive powers that Israel's Supreme Court arrogated to itself since the 1980s and traces the history of the transformation of its legal system and the shifts in the balance of power between the branches of government. Centrally, this  Read more...
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Friedmann, Daniel, 1936-
Purse and the sword.
New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2016]
(DLC) 2016013103
(OCoLC)944380173
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Daniel Friedmann; Haim Watzman
ISBN: 9780190278533 0190278536 9780190278519 019027851X
OCLC Number: 948338685
Language Note: Translated from the Hebrew.
Description: 1 online resource (vii, 397 pages)
Contents: Cover; The Purse and the Sword; Copyright; Contents; Timeline Chart; Introduction; Part One The Classical Court; 1. A State Is Born; 2. To Judge But Not to Rule; 3. The Attorney General and His Powers; 4. The Legal System Topples Rabin; 5. Menachem Begin: Temporary Justice Minister; Part Two The Legal Revolution; 6. The Legal Revolution Takes Off; I. The Transitional Period; II. Shamgar as Chief Justice; III. The Legal Revolution's Main Features; 7. Undermining the Political System; I. The National Unity Governments (1984-1992); II. The Government Loses Control over Legislation. 8. Jewish Racists Meet Palestinian Nationalists in the KnessetI. The Court Reshapes the Knesset; II. The Knesset Grapples with the New Ruling; 9. The Supreme Court and Military Service for Yeshiva Students: Justiciability and Public Suits; 10. The Secret Services Affair; I. Terrorists Hijack Bus 300; II. The Attorney General Is Forced to Resign; III. The President Grants Pardons; 11. Torture; 12. The Second Rabin Government and the Oslo Agreements; 13. The Deri Trial; 14. The Bar-On-Hebron Affair; 15. Ehud Barak's Commission of Inquiry; 16. Protecting Human Rights; I. Religion and the State. II. Freedom of ExpressionIII. Equality; 17. Trespassing on the Executive; I. The Attorney General and Indictments; II. Second-Guessing Appointments; III. Intervening in Policy; IV. Intervention in Diplomacy; 18. Political Agreements and Prizes; 19. Interference in Knesset Procedures; 20. The Supreme Court and the Fight against Terror; 21. The Court as Legislator and the Wonders of Interpretation; 22. The Supreme Court Writes a Constitution; 23. Appointments to the Supreme Court; 24. The Role of Criminal Law; I. Minister of Justice Neeman Is Forced Out of Office and Put on Trial. II. The Trials of Rafael Eitan and Avigdor KahalaniIII. New Investigations against Netanyahu; IV. The Investigations of Ehud Barak and Ariel Sharon; V. The Investigation of Ruvi Rivlin; VI. Avigdor Liberman; VII. Dror Hoter-Yishai on Trial; 25. Guilty until Proven Innocent; I. The Diminishing Chances of Acquittal; II. Breach of Trust, Front and Center; 26. The Attorney General Reigns Supreme; I. Counsel as Command; II. The Attorney General as Prosecutor and Legislator; Part Three Partial Restraint; 27. The Olmert Government and the Second Lebanon War; 28. The Olmert Investigations. 29. War in the Shadow of Criminal Investigations30. The Ramon Trial; 31. The Decline in the Supreme Court's Standing; 32. Changes and Reform Proposals; 33. Changes in Appointments to the Supreme Court; 34. Snail-Paced Justice; 35. The Media Battle; 36. The Court Today: Moderate Rulings, Radical Principles; Notes; Index.
Other Titles: Arnaḳ ṿeha-ḥerev.
Responsibility: Daniel Friedmann ; translated by Haim Watzman.

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The Purse and the Sword presents a critical analysis of Israel's legal system in the context of its politics, history, and the forces that shape its society. This book examines the extensive powers that Israel's Supreme Court arrogated to itself since the 1980s and traces the history of the transformation of its legal system and the shifts in the balance of power between the branches of government. Centrally, this shift has put unprecedented power in the hands of both the Court and Israel's attorney general and state prosecution at the expense of Israel's cabinet, constituting its executive br.

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