Okay – not literally, but after a trip to the Supreme Court I couldn’t resist it as a title!
Today we had some talks about the Middle East, in particular the issues surrounding the ‘Arab Spring’ and that old chestnut – Iran (well there has been civilisation there for 5000+ years so I think that counts as old). The speakers explained the issues and concerns, in particular the potential nuclear capability of Iran, which is pretty scary when you think about it.
There was also a talk on the maritime law issues surrounding the flotilla last year, which explained that the naval blockade was legal under international law and that Israel had followed the actions it was supposed to take in dealing with the ships. Of course, the one thing to point out is that even if they had got through – there is no commercial dock in Gaza that they could have used.
Then we went to the Supreme Court – a very impressive building, less impressive was having to leave all our bags outside while we were in there, and I mean outside. I ended up taking all the things I couldn’t stand to lose in my pockets (money, passport etc). Odd thing was that phones and cameras were perfectly acceptable! We were given a talk about the Israeli legal system – most of it did go right over ny head as while I do work for a law firm, I’m not a lawyer and the technicalities were a bit much. One thing I did pick up on is that the courts and legal system are based on the British model, magistrates courts, then district courts, then the supreme court at the top of the tree. Apparently anyone, Israeli citizen or not can petition the supreme court if they feel they have been wronged by a government decision.
Tommorrow it’s off to Tel Aviv via Lod. And at long last comes some well deserved free time, in which I may have to gently toast myself by the pool!