There is no fault in Knesset Interior Committee chairwoman Miri Regev (Likud
Beytenu) berating a whistleblower in a committee meeting, Knesset Speaker Yuli
Edelstein said on Monday.
The decision came several days after Regev
invited Upper Nazareth Mayor Shimon Gapso – who was indicted for fraud, bribery
and other financial crimes – and his municipality’s legal adviser, Olga Gordon,
who reported him for those crimes, to a committee meeting on “work relations
between the elected officials and bureaucrats in municipalities.”
a Likud member for whom Regev campaigned in last month’s municipal election, was
the only mayor invited to the meeting, most of which the committee chairwoman
spent chastising Gordon.
Regev threw lawmakers who protested out of the
meeting, and some of them, including MK Miki Rosenthal (Labor), submitted
complaints to Edelstein.
On Monday, Edelstein’s office released a
statement that, following a meeting with Knesset Legal Adviser Eyal Yinon, he
found that there was nothing wrong with Regev’s behavior.
called on Regev and all other committee chairpeople to be more statesmanlike and
ensure civilized debate.
However, soon after, it came to light that Yinon
did not say Regev’s behavior was not problematic and did not give a written
Edelstein’s office said that he and Yinon do not have the
tools to deal with Regev’s actions, but would not clarify who found no fault in
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