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Yesh Atid joins petitions to High Court over ‘reasonableness’ law

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Petition claims that law was not properly considered during the legislative process and that it disrupts the system of checks and balances between authorities

The Times of Israel is liveblogging Wednesday’s events as they unfold.

Greece to offer tourists who had to flee wildfires a free week’s vacation on Rhodes

Tourists who had to flee wildfires on Greece’s Rhodes island can return for a free week next year, the prime minister says.

Fed by scorching temperatures, dry conditions and strong winds, a two-week inferno sparked chaos at the peak of Greece’s busy summer tourist season.

Tens of thousands of visitors and locals fled from hotels and villages on Rhodes and hundreds more were evacuated in Corfu and other areas.

“The Greek government will offer one week of free holiday on Rhodes next spring or fall for all of those whose holiday was cut short due to the wildfires,” Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis tells Britain’s ITV channel.

Ben Gvir dons military fatigues for base visit

Border Police release photos of National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir wearing military fatigues during a visit to a base yesterday.

It is not immediately clear why Ben Gvir and his assistant Hanamel Dorfman were dressed in army gear.

Neither of the two ever did military service and Ben Gvir, as a government minister, is supposed to represent civilian control over the force.

The move drew widespread derision online, with many saying that Ben Gvir was trying to channel Ukraine leader Vlodomyr Zelensky, who has only worn olive dress since his country was invaded by Russia last year.

National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir (C), wearing at least partial uniform, and Police Chief Kobi Shabtai (R) visit a Border Police training base, August 1, 2023 (Border Police)

Yesh Atid party joins petitions to High Court over ‘reasonableness’ law

The opposition Yesh Atid party joins in petitions filed to the High Court of Justice against the reasonableness law passed by the Knesset last week, which curtailed judicial oversight over the decisions of elected officials.

The petition filed by MKs Karine Elharrar and Yoav Segalovich claims that the law was not properly considered during the legislative process and that it disrupts the system of checks and balances between authorities.

The High Court of Justice will hear petitions it has accepted against the law on September 12, convening for the first time a 15-judge panel for the hearings.

Supreme Court President Esther Hayut said Monday she had decided that every justice on the court would preside over the hugely significant and potentially explosive hearing on the law.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has refused to commit to abiding by the court’s decision should it strike down the law.