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Alex Stein (1957-), born in the Soviet Union, immigrated to Israel with his family in 1973. He was appointed a judge of the Israeli supreme court in 2018.

This article, dated 22 February 2018, says:

Prof. Alex Stein and Judge Ofer Grosskopf were chosen as the two new Supreme Court justices by the judicial Appointments Committee on Thursday evening.

Stein, 60, was the candidate backed by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, who chairs the committee, and he was chosen despite criticism that he has not lived in Israel for the past 15 years. Stein is a professor at Brooklyn Law School in New York.

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Stein was previously a professor of law at Yeshiva University’s Cardozo Law School. He is an expert on the laws of evidence. In his legal writing, he has not addressed matters of public law and as a practical matter has not been writing about Israeli law for the past 15 years, which prompted questions about his suitability as a candidate for Israeli Supreme Court justice.

Stein has been a visiting faculty member at a number of American law schools, including Yale.

Shaked called Stein a conservative, although this is not apparent from his legal writing. Those close to him describe him as a “legal positivist,” an approach that views law as a science that supports limiting the law and judicial activity to what is outlined in written laws and regulations rather than being guided by values.

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Stein is expected to be one of the more conservative members of the court.

This article, dated 28 February 2018, says:

A newly appointed Supreme Court justice once wrote on his Facebook page that Israel isn’t obliged to provide electricity to the Gaza Strip.

Prof. Alex Stein has also written posts criticizing the very court to which he was appointed last week.

According to a report by Israel Television News Tuesday night, the posts were removed from Stein’s Facebook page a week before the Judicial Appointments Committee met to discuss his candidacy. They were found by a journalist from the right-wing paper B’Sheva.

Stein’s posts on Gaza were published during the 2014 Gaza war. He wrote that because Israel isn’t occupying Gaza, it’s only obligation while defending itself from rockets is to minimize harm to civilians. For the same reason, Israel isn’t obligated to provide electricity to Gaza, though it may choose to do so for humanitarian reasons.

His posts also criticized what he termed a misinterpretation of international law. The principle of proportionality dictated by international law must suit the reality of modern war and common sense, he argued. An interpretation which says that large countries attacking small countries must seek to maintain parity in the number of victims is ridiculous and unacceptable, he wrote, and it is not what the law intended.

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Stein, an Israeli who has lived in the United States for the last 15 years, was the hand-picked candidate of Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked. As Haaretz reported two weeks ago, Shaked threatened that if he wasn’t appointed, she would not allow any other candidates to be appointed either.

Following Tuesday’s television report about Stein’s views, another member of the Judicial Appointments Committee responded approvingly. Stein’s views, wrote MK Nurit Koren (Likud), are “exactly why Ayelet Shaked and I fought for him on the Judicial Appointments Committee, and exactly why he’s a Supreme Court justice!”

In this article, dated 19 August 2018, Zeev Sternhell says:

Prof. Alex Stein [is] a lawyer from a third-tier American law school, for whom Israel was just a stepping stone between Russia and America

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