Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he will block any proposed law that would damage the "strong and independent" Israeli courts system.
Netanyahu was speaking Tuesday at a swearing in ceremony for Israel's new Supreme Court president, Asher Grunis.
"Whenever a bill that might hinder the independence of the courts in Israel reaches my desk, I will block it," Netanyahu said. He said the courts system is the institution that enables democracy and must be protected.
Over the past year a slew of contentious bills were proposed that human rights groups said were designed to muzzle dissent.
Last month Netanyahu stopped a bill that would have allowed the hard-line parties now in power to stack the committee that selects Israeli Supreme Court justices.