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In addition, the bill greatly empowers Israel's justice minister. He alone may determine who's qualified for appointment. Selection standards should be no different than for judges. No one person should have sole authority.

On September 5, the Jerusalem Post headlined "Supreme Court President stops Neeman arbitration reform," saying:

Israel's High Court of Justice President Asher Grunis strongly opposes Israel's MA bill. As a result, the Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee asked Neeman to respond.

Grunis isn't alone. Other bill opponents include Knesset members, the Israel Bar Association, senior jurists, ACRI, and other legal experts concerned about privatizing legal procedures.

Neeman's history is checkered. Previous initiatives he supported empowered the executive and legislative branches at the expense of the judiciary. He's no friend of judicial fairness and other democratic values.

MA bill critics call it poorly designed. It's rife with provisions likely to compromise judicial independence, due process, judicial relief, and other constitutional protections.

Litigants also have no say. If ordered to arbitration, they'll be shut out of conventional judicial proceedings. Labor MK Isaac Herzog accused Neeman of trying to pull off a "revolution." He also said he was undercutting Grunis' authority.

Overburdened court dockets don't justify compromising judicial fairness. Instead of arbitrators, Israel's Bar Association urged appointing temporary judges during overload periods.

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Israel long ago headed down a slippery slope. Its democracy is seriously flawed. It's more hypocrisy than real. Mandatory arbitration assures further weakening. Political reality can't hide disturbing attempts to transform its deficiencies into strengths.

Arabs never had rights. Jewish ones are eroding en route to eliminating them altogether. Israel isn't just a pariah state. It's a failed one. It's just a matter of time before concealing it becomes impossible.

Stephen Lendman lives in Chicago and can be reached at Email address removed

His new book is titled "How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion and Class War"

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