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Can Israel's Supreme Court mitigate threats and avert constitutional crisis?

Israel’s Supreme Court opened hearings Tuesday on the amendment to limit its powers in what could soon become a constitutional crisis.
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Israel's High Court of Justice debated for 13 hours Tuesday over petitions to strike down a law adopted by the Knesset last July. All 15 High Court justices convened for the hearing, which was broadcast live by most Israeli news outlets from a room packed with people. 

On several occasions during the debate, the justices expressed criticism of the law, Knesset representatives and the government. 

The eight petitions calling to strike down the law include those submitted by The Movement for Quality Government, The Civil Democratic Movement in Israel and the Israel Bar Association. It is unclear when the court will rule on the issue.

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