ISRAEL - Legal Judgments from the Bible?

Arno Froese

A two-pronged legislative initiative by Knesset Constitution Committee chairman Nissan Slomiansky to make “Hebrew law” a basis for court judgments is under fire from Arab MKs and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, which warn that such a move could heighten discrimination against Arabs.

MK Yousef Jabareen (Joint List) said the proposals constituted “another degradation of our rights and legal status. We would like Israeli law to depend on universal values, human rights and democracy, but not religious issues and content.”

“It’s another exclusion of our community and of general universal values. It affects everyone who cherishes universal values. It might lead to discrimination, to giving preference to Jews over non-Jews. We don’t know who will be the justice to interpret Hebrew law and which interpretation he will make.”

Slomiansky, however, defended his proposal in remarks to The Jerusalem Post.

He [said that] Hebrew law was ahead of other systems in providing for a day of rest, severance pay and paying employees on time. “It contains beauty, wisdom and sense.”

Dan Yakir, legal counsel for the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, voiced strong objection to the proposal.

“Hebrew law is ancient law and doesn’t address modern democratic values,” he said. “It can be construed in many ways, and giving it priority might be in contradiction to democratic values and constitutional principles.”, 17 September 2017

Arno's commentary

To apply Hebrew law to modern democratic principles in Israel seems all but impossible. However, it would match Arab Sharia law, not to mention the Christians laws that were established during the last 2,000 years in the European world. History documents that religion was the main cause for the greatest catastrophes throughout the European world. Literally thousands of wars have been fought, and many of them due to differences in religious interpretations.

Israel, of course, is different, and the time will come when the Messiah of Israel and the Savior of the world will finally implement righteous judgment. That is still unfulfilled Bible prophecy.

Arno Froese is the executive director of Midnight Call Ministries and editor-in-chief of the acclaimed prophetic magazines Midnight Call and News From Israel. He has authored a number of well-received books, and has sponsored many prophecy conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Israel. His extensive travels have contributed to his keen insight into Bible prophecy, as he sees it from an international perspective.

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