Knesset okays state inquiry proposal

NRP-NU's proposal passes due to low turn out of coalition members.

November 14, 2006 21:15
leb protest ap 298

leb protest ap 298. (photo credit: AP)

Due to the low attendance of coalition members in the Knesset plenum on Tuesday evening, a proposal submitted by Aryeh Eldad (NRP-NU) and Haim Oron (Meretz), calling for a state commission of inquiry into the shortcomings of the war in Lebanon, was approved by 11 votes to 10. The coalition then succeeded in gathering a majority against the proposal and requested a revote, but the request was rejected. The outcome is symbolic only; its significance being that the Knesset has made an official declaration calling for the establishment of a state commission of inquiry. However, the move does not officially demand that the government establish such an inquiry. Only the government or the state comptroller can decide to establish a state commission of inquiry, whose members are then appointed by the Supreme Court president. Nevertheless, that didn't stop a smug Oron from saying: "We caught the coalition with its pants down."

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