Last week the Supreme Court of the United States issued a series of split decisions which will be long remembered and, I fear, long regretted. Two are especially important to Israel:
The court, by a vote of five to four, struck down state laws prohibiting same-sex marriage, thereby fundamentally shifting the balance of authority from the states to the federal government. The constitution reserves all powers not specifically granted to the central government to the states and to the people. That constitutional principle has now been ignored again in a process that began with the abortion decision Roe vs. Wade. Several states have prohibited or are considering prohibiting BDS movements. It can now be confidently assumed that such laws will be challenged in the Supreme Court and that the latter will likely uphold the challenge.