Selected Articles P.P.S.: Beinisch’s Secret Society Can’t Accept Olmert/Friedmann

🙂 Ehud Barak (Labor): Friedmann, I don’t need to listen to you any more…
🙂 Dalia Dorner: Former Judge & Israel Press Council’s President (Beinisch Can’t Accept Olmert/Friedmann)
🙂 Shelly Yechimovich (Labor): Lebanon Before Winograd Report (Beinisch Can’t Accept Olmert/Friedmann)
🙂 Ophir Pines-Paz (Labor): I was against Barak/Liebermann/Bibi (Beinisch Can’t Accept Olmert/Friedmann)

FAQ 1: Is he a corrupt-or-prosperous politician, who is threatened by Supreme Court?
FAQ 2: Is he a real member of Leftist Branja?
FAQ 3: Is he a real(?) friend of Dorit Beinisch?
FAQ 4: Who are encouraging my open insulting Dorit Beinisch? Beinisch-haters only? Or plus No.1, No.1&2, or even No.1-3? Or the rest of FOLKS, who are not allowed to join No.2? Or EVERYBODY? Dear WordPress, please give me the normal editing tool. Please let me know the truth. Exactly who and how many are visiting my two blogs each day? How come I can receive all these and those mysterious comments from where I don’t allow them? First of all… should I call them comments? Just feel funny.

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JIWON: One article was found with the keywords, ‘Israel+Press+Council+Dorner.’ COOL! I didn’t know that Public Slander upon PM Olmert’s mishandling Lebanon War should have dated back to PM Barak’s ‘Lebanon’ ear. I never knew that Public Slander on this old issue should precede all the Public Slander on the same, but new issues. Everybody knows that Public Debate must precedes Public Slander. Hum…

Editor Admits: We Slanted the News
Published: 06/05/07, 12:33 PM / By Hillel Fendel
“We slanted the news towards a withdrawal from Lebanon – because we had sons there. (…) Shelly Yechimovich [now a Labor party Knesset Member – ed.], and I – pushed in every way possible the withdrawal from Lebanon towards 2000. (…) I have no doubt that we promoted an agenda of withdrawal that was a matter of public dispute.”
(…) It is widely accepted that the withdrawal from Lebanon in May 2000 under then-Prime Minister Ehud Barak and the lack of attention paid to the northern border since then led to the Second Lebanon War of last summer and its accompanying 160 military and civilian casualties.
Naveh’s boast came towards the end of the panel discussion and was not widely addressed. However, just seconds later, retired Supreme Court Justice Dalia Dorner, the president of the Israel Press Council, summed up and said that the journalists must show courage and not allow outside influences to affect their ability to influence public opinion:
“You determine the daily agenda and you have the power; the problem is that in your profession, it can’t be dealt with properly and ethically without civil courage… You have the power, so use it also to ensure that there is freedom of speech – of course, with the limitation that you must act ethically and not create hostile public opinion, because there is nothing that affects freedom of speech more than hostile public opinion.” (…) MK Yechimovich’s aide said that she would not be able to address this matter today.

Market Wise
Mar 6, 2008 / By By GREER FAY CASHMAN
WOMEN STILL have to market the concept of equal rights, (…) the first Herzliya Conference for Women (…) when some 200 of them gathered to focus on issues related to women. (…) Some of the others were retired Supreme Court Justice Dalia Dorner, who seems to be busier in retirement than she was on the bench; (…) Today, there is more equality, with five women justices including Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch. Dorner, said that although the courts had contributed to equality in the status of women, Beinisch is constantly under attack, precisely because she’s a woman.

Dorner (Former Judge, Israel Press Council’s President) urges PM Olmert to resign
Retired Supreme Court Justice Dalia Dorner calls on Olmert, public to draw conclusions, claiming Israelis cannot wait for PM’s affairs to be thoroughly probed before he is ousted
Ynet Published: 07.12.08, 20:52 / Israel News
“I expect the public to apply strong pressure, so that in a situation like Olmert’s, a prime minister will no longer be able to continue his premiership,” former Supreme Court Justice Dalia Dorner said Saturday during an event in Ramat Gan, following the new allegations on the ‘Olmertours’ affair.
According to Dorner, there is no point in waiting for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s affairs to reach a final conclusion: “When facts are clear, and in Olmert’s case there are more than a few facts that he himself does not contest, a public figure must draw the conclusions.”
Dorner also attacked Vice Premier Haim Ramon’s attempts to launch a commission of inquiry on the wiretapping affair during his trial.
“What happened in Ramon’s case is terrible. What is he complaining about? The police have many authorities and means and I don’t understand what the whole stir up around the wiretapping is all about.”
Regarding Ramon’s trial, Dorner said, “The court unanimously agreed that Ramon gave a false testimony. The judges rejected his claim..saying the damage done to him was minimal.
“Ramon’s quick return to the political arena is unacceptable. He should have disappeared from the political stage for one or to years at the least.”
Like many other senior members of the legal system, Dorner also criticized the appointment of Daniel Friedmann as justice minister.
“Friedmann wrote accusation articles against the Supreme Court and especially against its President (Dorit) Beinish; he published an article supporting Ramon and all of a sudden becomes a minister of justice candidate. Where did his appointment originate from? Aren’t there enough professors worthy of receiving that legal title?”

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Selected Articles P.S.: Beinisch, Friedmann, Sex-Scandal, Corruption (Kangaroo Court from Sep 12, 2003)
Article No. 86 Friedmann moves to split functions of attorney-general Jul 24, 2008
JIWON: Honestly speaking, I don’t know whether this is a good idea or not. But Paz-Pines: Labor will thwart Friedmann’s attempt to restrict A-G’s power sounds more weird. Hence, I started this collection, Ophir Pines-Paz (Labor): Barak/Liebermann/Bibi (Beinisch Can’t Accept Olmert/Friedmann)


Paz-Pines: Labor will thwart Friedmann’s attempt to restrict A-G’s power
Jul 24, 2008 18:16 | Updated Jul 24, 2008 18:18 / By JPOST.COM STAFF
The Labor party will rally against Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann’s new plan to restrict the authority of the attorney-general, Labor MK Ophir Paz-Pines said Thursday.
“The separation between the two positions is likely to be destructive to democracy, and to the rule of law,” the Labor MK said. “The Labor party will thwart Friedmann’s attempt, just as it thwarted his previous attempts.”
Paz-Pines spoke at the press conference in which Friedmann presented his new plan earlier Thursday.
According to the bill which the justice minister plans to submit to the Knesset, some of the attorney general’s authority would be transferred to a new position – the prosecutor general.

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Possible Mofaz coalition taking shape
Sep 3, 2008 18:04 | Updated Sep 3, 2008 22:56 / By HAVIV RETTIG
TALKBACKS for this article: 8
1. Why would Mr Security form a coaliton with Labor which has no interest in any security except their own jobs!
I was hoping that Shaul Mofaz would defeat Livni but now it would seem that neither of them have any idea. I thought the Mofaz would form a coalition with Likud and Israel Beiteinu. Like everybody else I would be delighted so see Tamir go but I think that Friedman is doing a good job of muzzling the High Court. Looks like I was very wrong but let’s wait and see. Mike
redmike – Israel (09/03/2008 19:47)
4. Are we talking about the formation of a government or the patching together ingredients of a quilt?
Has it occured to anyone that the problem in Israel is that too many talk and too few listen. And even worse is that no single party is empowered to claim credit or blame for the status of Israel. I don’t know what the solution is but I know what it isn’t: it is not an assortment of politiciens having their way if temper-tantrum is to be avoided. When WE say “throw the bums out” we know we mean democrats OR rebublicans. When you say the same thing you must mean “those in any party”. Somehow they sneak back every election.
Frank Molnar – USA (09/03/2008 23:58)
6. Let the People Decide
Best is for Kadima to fall and for new elections. Let the people decide, not a handful of rejected politicians.
Shel Zahav – Israel (09/04/2008 02:52)
7. coalition
Mofas trying ti bring to-gether a batch of corrupt egomaniacs. They are the same politicians that do not care for the people of Israel, Mofas will have the same politicians that are only interested in keeping a seat to obtain thier personal perks.To hell with the population.This coalition is not for the people but for the politician.Get rid of Mofas and have new elections.
colin – israel (09/04/2008 04:39)

Preliminary discussions among possible coalition partners have informally begun for the two front-runners in the September 17 Kadima primary, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

According to insiders close to Mofaz, the coalition he would put together if he was chosen to replace outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert as Kadima chairman would almost certainly include the Labor Party, and possibly also the National Religious Party.

Labor would likely abandon the Education Ministry as a way to dismiss Education Minister Yuli Tamir, an ally of deposed Labor Party chairman Amir Peretz. Instead, Labor would receive the Justice Ministry from Kadima, replacing controversial minister Daniel Friedman with a Labor appointee. To cement its loyalty to the coalition, the NRP would receive the portfolio at the top of its wishlist – the now-available Education Ministry.

The discussions are preliminary, according to those familiar with them, because much of the energy of Kadima’s planners and strategists is focused on the primaries themselves.

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Government okays Supreme Court restrictions
PM slams Barak for lack of coalition loyalty (Talkbacks are not allowed)
Friedmann proposal generates debate

MKs decry ‘bad timing’ of Friedmann’s bill
Sep 8, 2008 1:14 / By SHELLY PAZ

While their views differ on the cabinet’s decision to approve Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann’s bill to limit the authority of the Supreme Court, MKs who spoke with The Jerusalem Post on Sunday agreed that shortly before the Olmert government falls apart is a bad time to try to pass such legislation.

MK Yossi Beilin (Meretz) told The Jerusalem Post in a telephone interview from Cairo that “this sort of move can only be the decision of someone obsessive like [Justice Minister Daniel] Friedmann, and only a person like [Prime Minister] Ehud Olmert could have brought it to the cabinet for approval.

“Objectively, this is a terrible bill and I hope it won’t get further than this. I hope either [Foreign Minister Tzipi] Livni or [Transportation Minister Shaul] Mofaz, who voted against it, will commit not to bring it to the approval of the Knesset [assuming one of them heads the next government].”

Belin said Friedmann was obsessively trying to harm the primacy of the Supreme Court.

“It is a crazy bill that will narrow the courts’ authorities that have never been anchored in the law but exist for the sake of Israeli democracy,” he said. “If this bill is approved Israel will be less democratic, the rule of law will be at risk and the legislation of unconstitutional laws will be easier than ever.”

MK Orit Noked (Labor), a lawyer and the coalition’s representative on the Judges Selection Committee, said via her spokesman Ze’ev Yanay: “This is the Yom Kippur of Israeli democracy. The shame of the ministers who voted in favor of Friedmann’s bill will be remembered as a dreadful disgrace. It is inappropriate to hold such a complex and important discussion over an issue that involves constitutional changes with damaging implications for the Supreme Court’s authorities, individuals’ rights and Israeli democracy in a state that has no constitution.”

“Friedmann’s bill is correct and its general direction might aid the rehabilitation of Israeli democracy,” MK Zevulun Orlev (National Union-National Religious Party) told the Post. “However, the timing with which it was brought to the cabinet for approval is simply miserable. I don’t think a government that is afflicted with corruption should try to lead such change with people whose purity of intentions is in doubt.”

MK Taleb a-Sanaa (United Arab List-Ta’al), a lawyer and a former member of the Knesset’s Law Committee, said Friedmann was making a systematic effort to politicize the justice system.

“Friedmann asks to strengthen the political system at the expense of the professional aspect,” he said. “It is clear that his bill strengthens the justice minister and the Knesset and weakens the president of the Supreme Court and the court system. Eventually, the long-standing balance between these two systems would be broken. The inevitable result is a political justice system that will have to toe the line with the Knesset’s agenda.”

Ex-chief justice signs petition slamming bid to limit court
Last update – 09:05 02/03/2007 / By Yuval Yoaz, Haaretz Correspondent
TALKBACKS appear as USUAL!!!

Former Supreme Court president Meir Shamgar has signed a public petition against Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann’s proposal to limit or abolish the Supreme Court’s power to overturn Knesset legislation.

The petition was also signed by several other public figures who, like Shamgar, were active in drafting the Israel Democracy Institute’s proposal for a constitution.

“Abolishing substantive judicial review endangers the freedoms that have been legislated to date,” said the petition. “Such a proposal does not advance the rule of law, but moves it backward.”

The meaning of abolishing judicial review, it continued, is that “Israeli citizens would lose the fundamental freedoms granted to them in the Basic Laws any time a majority of Knesset members so decides. We oppose these proposals and believe that instead, it is necessary to move forward on enacting a full constitution that will ensure all the basic human rights and their protection.”

The petition will officially be published Friday. Its other signatories include major legal figures such as Professors Mordechai Kremnitzer, Yedidya Stern, Avi Ben-Bassat, Yaron Ezrahi and Asher Arian, as well as former MK Dan Meridor and Israel Democracy Institute President Arik Carmon.

Kremnitzer told Haaretz that not only would Friedmann’s proposal reduce the Supreme Court’s authority, but it could “constitute an opening for additional initiatives to impair the court’s powers.”

The issue, he added, is not the scope of these powers, but “how effective the protection of individual and minority rights is.”

He said that “The justice minister’s proposal is a direct threat to minority rights. I believe that normal people would not agree to turn the question of infringing on their rights over to the majority’s decision.”

Kremnitzer, who is himself considered a candidate for the Supreme Court and has therefore been keeping a low public profile recently, said that the decision to launch a public campaign was sparked by the magnitude of the threat.

Shamgar also generally refrains from speaking out on public issues, so his decision to head the list of signatories to the petition was unusual.

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