Statement, Misery, and Choice
Attorney Zion Amir's statement that Amir Ohana's statement is miserable - is miserable. Did you get through that sentence okay? Great, let's talk about statements and misery. The new Minister of Justice, Amir Ohana, in his first speech as Minister of Justice, noted that there are cases in which compliance with High Court rulings brings disasters. In response to this statement, the legal system immediately rose up, from Esther Chayut to Mandelblit, who argued that obeying the court rulings "is not a matter of choice. It is an absolute requirement for every citizen and every governing body." Now I have a question for you, the enlightened public, a particularly original question. What would happen if the Supreme Court were to rule that all redheads in the country must be executed, based on their interpretation of the Public Places Preservation Law? How about it? Would compliance with the Supreme Court's ruling would be mandatory even then? The sharp-eyed and sharp-eared among you will immediately recognize this original and creative question as a question which has been repeatedly asked by Israeli audiences very recently, in all seriousness, not to mention in all trepidation. Just one tiny difference. It was asked of the legislature. Of the elected officials that we, the people of Zion, have sent to represent our values. So now stand up from your seats, O Sons of Light, and tell me that the Supreme Court would never issue a ruling like that, and I'll tell you that our elected representatives would never do so either. And were our elected representatives to do so, God forbid, it would mean that our society is so rotten that even the Supreme Court won't serve to hold back this injustice. In reality, legislators have enacted terrible laws, and the court's rulings have done the same thing, with a flick of the pen. So who will save us? Who will prevent us from becoming monsters? The answer is stunning in its simplicity - We will. We have a moral, ethical, and practical obligation to act according to our values and our judgment. We have a moral, ethical, and practical obligation to exercise discretion and never to obey blindly, no matter who or why, but rather to choose - yes, Mandelblit, to choose - our actions and be prepared to pay the price for non-compliance. So no, Zion Amir, whom I have supported until now for head of the bureau, Amir Ohana's statement is not miserable, It's a light in the darkness.