Authors: TheIndianSubcontinent News Agency
Justice Miriam Naor was officially appointed as Israel’s 11th Supreme Court President in a ceremony at the President’s Residence attended by four of her predecessors Meir Shamgar, Aharon Barak, Dorit Beinisch and Asher Grunis.
It was the fifth and last time in 35 years that she had made a pledge in the President’s Residence to uphold the laws of the State of Israel.
This time she also pledged to do everything in her power to maintain the independence of the courts, which she said was so vital in avoiding conflicts of interest and guaranteeing justice.
She grew up in a pluralistic home she said in which she had been taught to respect everyone’s opinion even if she didn’t agree with it because “no-one has a monopoly on the truth.”
Outgoing Supreme Court President Grunis said that Naor was experienced in every aspect of the law, and he was confident that she would have great achievements during her tenure and would advance legal reforms.
President Reuven Rivlin, stressing the role of the Supreme Court in defending democracy and the rights of minorities, said that the democratic system depends on the confidence of the public in the judicial system and the institutions of government. Unfortunately public confidence has waned in the institutions of government he said, but he was pleased that this loss of trust did not include the Supreme Court, a factor for which he credited Grunis.
Addressing Naor, he told her: “You are entering the holy of holies of Israel’s democracy.”
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu also emphasized the importance of democracy which he said must be strong both internally and externally.
The Supreme Court is the backbone of Israel’s democracy and represents the highest values in Jewish and civil law, he said, adding “We will continue to defend Israeli democracy so that it will continue to defend us.”