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<<I thought it was the Supreme Court that ruled in this case, and not populism.>>

I meant that the Israeli courts seem too often to be influenced by public opinion, and I think this is such a case.

It's a funny thing, Supreme Courts often rule in the direction of populism. Interestingly enough, populist supporters of one side of the issue are just as often perturbed (or satisfied as the case may be) as the populist supporters of the other side of the issue. I guess that is due to the fact that Supreme Courts can generally only decide in one direction or another. Supreme Courts have just as often ruled in ways that perturbed the "law and order" populists.

I'm not referring to highly charged political issues, such as the 2000 election you may have thought about as you wrote this. I'm thinking about the straight forward and fundamental protection of habeas corpus against a lynch mob mentality.

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