The Fight for Israeli Democracy Is a Fight for the Environment
The following is a guest essay by Josh Drill, an activist for Israeli democracy, former media consultant for a member of the Knesset and at work on a memoir about his service as a Golani officer in Hebron
In response to Prime Minister Netanyahu’s attempt to remove the Supreme Court’s powers, 400 Israeli environmental experts sent a letter to Benjamin Netanyahu warning him of the disastrous effects that the judicial overhaul will have on the environment. Israel has serious environmental issues that need to be dealt with from the shrinking of the Dead Sea, to air pollution in the Haifa area, waste disposal issues, and a high population growth coupled with resource scarcity. Netanyahu didn’t even bother responding to the letter. Welcome to the era of power hungry world leaders who put their self interest above the greater good of society and the environment.
Without a Supreme Court, corporations will be able to freely break laws that harm the environment and there will be no political body that can enforce the Israeli government’s current climate obligations.
Netanyahu has been indicted on three counts of corruption, and for years he has been leading a media campaign to delegitimize the Supreme Court, because he knows that eventually that’s where his trial will end up. His ultra-nationalist coalition partners want to formally annex the West Bank along with other illegal moves that the Israeli Supreme Court would strike down. These two factors largely contribute to the government’s attempt to consolidate power and dismantle the Supreme Court of its powers which would have far reaching repercussions for Israel’s LGBTQ community, women’s rights, and the Palestinian population who would be left with no political body to protect them from the government.
There is another crucial point to consider: Without a Supreme Court, corporations will be able to freely break laws that harm the environment and there will be no political body that can enforce the Israeli government’s current climate…