Failed U.S. Supreme Court nominee and former judge Robert Bork said Wednesday that Elena Kagan’s admiration of an Israeli judge is “disqualifying in and of itself” for Kagan’s own nomination to the Court.

In remarks at Harvard Law School in 2006, Kagan praised Aharon Barak, who was then the chief of the Supreme Court of Israel. Kagan told Barak that he is her “judicial hero” and the judge who, in her lifetime, “best represents and has best advanced the values of democracy and human rights, of the rule of law and of justice.”

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