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While in Israel the political system and the public regularly quarrel over the status of the Supreme Court, and on the question of ‘rule of law’ and whether or not to infringe on the independence and supremacy of the judiciary, it has been fascinating in the past week to follow what has happened in the world.

Two weeks ago, Jewish judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a markedly liberal and feminist, passed away – just the opposite of Trump. U.S. Supreme Court justices are appointed for life and play a huge role in shaping policy on controversial issues such as abortion, LGBT rights, gun ownership, religious freedom, the death penalty and presidential powers. For example in 1973 the court made abortions legal throughout the country, and in 2015 approved same-sex marriage across the United States.

For Trump, the departure of Ruth Bader Ginsburg was a gift from heaven, even if he hurried to stand with his wife at her coffin and shed crocodile tears. This week he was quick to take advantage of his position as president, announcing the appointment of Amy Connie Barrett to the position of Supreme Court justice.

The 48-year-old Barrett is considered a conservative, and holds a worldview of judgments contrary to that of Ginsburg. Catholic Barrett – a mother of seven children, two of whom are adopted children from Haiti and one has Down Syndrome – is considered a staunch opponent of the right to abortion. This is a very important issue for many Republican voters, who hope the Supreme Court will one day, perhaps in the years to come, reverse the 1973 historic ruling that allowed abortions across the United States.

Yes, this is how it is conducted in the greatness of democracies: the head of the executive branch is the one who appoints the head of the judiciary according to his political worldview, or his political plans. Now the conservative majority in the US Supreme Court has grown to six against three. The Israeli right dreams that this will happen to us as well. Imagine Netanyahu, in the middle of the trial against him, appointing Adv. Itamar Ben Gvir as a judge, and more in the court where his trial is taking place. What was going on then for the country.

And not that there is no conflict of interest for Trump: according to some polls, the next presidential election is set to be decided in court, if the gap between the two candidates is small and controversial, just as it was exactly 20 years ago, in the 2000 election between George W. Bush and God. cub. Gore was sure he had won, but the court ruled, after a long period of uncertainty and paralysis in building the next administration, that the winner was George W. Bush.

In February 2016, following the death of conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, and with almost a year left until the end of President Obama’s second term, Republicans in the Senate announced that they would not discuss his appointment to the Supreme Court, arguing that it should wait until after the election. But now the Republicans are in power, and the Democrats in opposition.

Reminds me of something from Israel? Bibi – Olmert? Remember the sentence “A prime minister immersed up to his neck in investigations has no public and moral mandate to determine fateful things because there is a real fear that he will decide on the personal interest of his survival, and not on the national interest. The right thing to do is for this government to go home.”

This is, as you remember, not a sentence said about Bibi. This is a sentence Bibi said. This is exactly how Trump and his Republican friends behave. It turns out that Yaakov Rotblit’s song “Things You See From There You Can’t See From Here” also seeped deep into the American government, even if it wasn’t translated into English.

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