Back to the football

Following my post about soccer on Shabbat, and a potential cancellation of organized leagues, Ynet today reports:

Israeli soccer authorities called off a threatened strike on Wednesday after the attorney-general, Yehuda Weinstein, announced that nobody would be prosecuted for playing on the Jewish Sabbath.

An interesting solution to the problem. The public official charged with enforcing the laws of the country, decides he will not enforce one of the laws of the country.

But that’s not his decision to make, in my opinion. That’s what the legislature (law making function of the Knesset) is supposed to do. In other words, if the law is not to be enforced, it should be removed. It should not be for one man to make the decision.

I am not, personally, bothered by the outcome. And the arrangement is a classic Middle East one: never mind what it says, this is what we will do. But the approach is not good governance, and is a bad precedent. What happens if the same decision by the attorney general is made for another law, affecting something other than soccer? Whatever happened to democracy and accountability?

Finally, it’s worth noting that the attorney general’s decision gets Deri out of a bit of a hole, and to a lesser extent, Bibi. It seems that if this arrangement had not been made, as Deri was ducking his duty, Bibi would have had to handle it.

You can read the whole piece, here.