Threats to Supreme Court test Israel’s democracy

FILE – In this Feb. 14, 2016 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu waits for the Supreme Court to convene in Jerusalem. The court, widely seen as a guardian of the country’s founding democratic principles, is facing fierce pressure from political hard-liners who are challenging what they see as the court’s overreach and liberal slant. The stepped-up rhetoric and attempts to shackle the court are testing Israel’s fragile democracy at a time when members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s nationalist government have led an onslaught of attacks against the country’s liberal institutions. (Jim Hollander/Pool Photo via AP, File)

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