High Court Justice Neal Hendel ruled that "the detailed explanations provided by the authorities have convinced me that accepting the petition, completely or partially, might give an opening that will eventually and unintentionally assist hostile factors who wish to harm the State in some way."
Hendel added: "I was convinced this fear isn't theoretical, but real and proven." However, he did go on to criticize the Shin Bet, saying: "It's not right that the issue of preventing attorney-detainee visits isn't supervised."
In the ruling, Hendel emphasized that "there is no basis to determine if the petitioners' intent was to harm State security" or to provoke a public discussion, as they claimed.
Just last month the Knesset approved a bill in its second and third readings allowing the Shin Bet to extend the remands of those suspected of security violations without having the detainee or his attorney present. This bill will be implemented in cases where lives are at stake.
In addition, the bill states that during hearings deciding whether or not to extend the remand, the detainee will not be present and the hearing will be held in front of at High Court justice. It was also decided that the general time of extended remands will not surpass 144 hours.