The Knesset on Wednesday rejected the proposed "Ashkenazi Law" which was designed to allow security officials to run for office after a shortened cooling-off period of only one year. The current cooling-off period for security officials to run for office is three years.
Thirty-two MKs voted against the proposed law, with 13 in favor. The law was proposed by MKs Yitzhak Herzog and Shelly Yacimovich of the Labor Party, and while originally popular, had lost steam over time. Herzog stated that the proposed law was not related to former IDF chief of staff Gabi Ashkenazi, but was a matter if principle. He added that while a cooling-off period was needed, one year was enough. Herzog accused those rejecting the proposed law of hypocrisy and of being afraid of competition.
Defending the proposed law's rejection, Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein expressed concern that shortening the cooling-off period would lead to politicization of the security apparatus.