Israel's newly-appointed Justice Minister, Ayelet Shaked looks on during a ceremony welcoming her at the Justice Ministry on May 17, 2015 in Jerusalem.
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Israel's new justice minister said Sunday she would seek a new balance that would rein in the powers of the Supreme Court over parliament and the government, a policy critics fear would restrict judicial oversight.The appointment of Ayelet Shaked, of the far-right Jewish Home party, as justice minister has caused a stir in Israel and abroad over her party's judicial policies, which opponents say will harm democracy.The new government's one-seat majority in parliament, and the opposition of a centrist partner in Netanyahu's coalition to legislation seen as weakening the court, could limit Shaked's ability to affect sweeping changes.Shaked also backs legislation that would enshrine Israel as a Jewish nation-state, to the anger of Israel's 20 percent Arab minority and wants to restrict donations from foreign governments to non-governmental organizations in Israel.
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