Israeli politics were thrown into turmoil on Wednesday when Israel’s High Court of Justice ruled that Interior Minister Aryeh Deri, the leader of Shas, could not remain in his post after he’d become embroiled in a corruption scandal.
But the Wednesday in question wasn’t this past one. As fans of Israeli legal history will know, it was a Wednesday 29 years ago, on September 8, 1993.
The two rulings, this week’s and the one issued in 1993, bookend a three-decade clash over the powers of the High Court and its place in the Israeli system of government, a clash that Deri’s allies hope to bring to a clear conclusion in their favor.
The two trials are linked by the same individual, the same government post, the same overarching ethical issue. But they are also different in ways that help clarify why so many legal scholars, including outspoken critics of the