A file picture taken on May 6, 2015 shows Israeli Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, of the far-right Jewish Home party, at the parliament in Jerusalem. AFP PHOTO/GALI TIBBON
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Three conservative new members have been named to Israel's Supreme Court as part of what the ultranationalist justice minister said Thursday was her push for a bench more representative of right-wing Israelis.Shaked, a leader of the ultranationalist Jewish Home party, has long said she wanted more conservative judges on the court, where replacements for four justices retiring this year were announced late Wednesday. Three of the four new appointees – including a Jewish settler in the occupied West Bank – were on Shaked's list of preferred candidates considered by a nine-member selection committee on which she serves along with three Supreme Court justices and representatives of the Bar Association.Shaked had threatened to change a law that would have weakened the justices' influence in the committee unless it agreed to name more conservative justices.In other judicial news, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quoted by Israeli media Thursday as saying he may have been wrong to call an Israeli Arab driver who struck and killed a policeman and was fatally shot last month a terrorist, as Israeli media reported that a preliminary investigation has determined that the car ramming was unintentional.
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