Knesset Law and Constitution Committee chairman David Rotem (Yisrael Beytenu)
upset opposition MKs Wednesday when he invited them to eight meetings on
electoral reform during the Knesset’s summer recess.
The opposition had
hoped to stall the controversial legislation that would raise the electoral
threshold and limit the number of ministers that can be appointed and
no-confidence motions that can be presented.
But Rotem decided to
expedite the bills by inviting experts to meet with the committee in September,
before the Knesset returns for its winter session on October 13.
Rotem as usual is taking unilateral steps that are intended to annoy both the
coalition and the opposition,” a Labor spokesman said.
chairman Isaac Herzog intends to complain about the summer meetings to coalition
chairman Yariv Levin (Likud) when Herzog returns from a trip to South Africa. He
intends to push for Levin to head a committee that would coordinate between the
coalition and opposition on electoral reform.
Rotem’s associates said
there was no commitment to not discuss the reforms during the recess and that
opposition MKs should be happy that time will be given for their voice to be
Levin has said that an agreement reached with opposition MKs in
which the coalition promised not to vote on the electoral reform legislation in
its final readings before mid- November did not need to be honored because the
opposition violated its part of the deal.
The timing of the vote is
considered critical because the legal fate of the legislation’s main benefactor,
Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman, is expected to be announced in October.