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Letter from Jerusalem

Israel's justice minister Daniel Friedmann bitterly opposes the country's supreme court. For the sake of Israeli democracy, and my research project, I hope he fails to curb it

By Gershom Gorenberg   January 2008

I sat in the quiet reading room of the Israel Defence Forces archive, scrolling through 40-year-old documents from Moshe Dayan’s files, and obsessed about justice minister Daniel Friedmann. I usually consider it unprofessional to let politicians get under my skin. But if Friedmann wins his war against the Israeli supreme court, he will not only destroy the best gift that Britain unintentionally bequeathed to Israeli democracy. He will also ruin my chances of access to more documents on how Dayan, the legendary one-eyed defence minister, shaped the occupation of the West Bank. My hopes lie entirely with the court.

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