Last month, the Israeli Knesset passed a measure severely limiting the Supreme Court’s powers. The central motivation: ensuring the courts won’t be able to interfere with plans to vastly increase the number of Israeli squatter settlements on Palestinian land.
Juan Cole is the Richard P. Mitchell Collegiate Professor of History at the University of Michigan. His latest book is Peace Movements in Islam, and his award-winning blog is Informed Comment. He is also a nonresident fellow of the Center for Conflict and Humanitarian Studies in Doha and of Democracy for the Arab World Now.