'Anyone who doesn't sing Hatikva won't be a judge in Israel'

By JPOST.COM STAFF
July 23, 2015 10:41

 
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Fresh off his selection to the judicial appointment committee, MK Robert Ilatov of the right-wing Yisrael Beytenu party stirred emotions in the Israeli political establishment on Thursday after declaring that "anyone who refuses to sing Hatikva (the Israeli national anthem) is unfit to serve as a judge."

Due to a deal with Yisrael Beytenu, both the coalition and opposition's representatives on the judicial selection committee for secular courts will be right-wing: Likud MK Nurit Koren for the coalition and Yisrael Beytenu faction chairman Ilatov for the opposition.

The two right-wing Knesset members - along with Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked - gives the nationalist camp a de facto veto in the process of choosing judges.

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