YARIV LEVIN 370.
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Coalition parties have found yet another point of contention this week in a bill
by coalition chairman Yariv Levin (Likud Beytenu) that would give politicians
increased powers in electing judges.
Yesh Atid MK Adi Kol said she is
appalled by Levin’s bill, which she called “an attempt to harm the High Court’s
authority and stop the separation of powers that is the basis of
The legislation, which was submitted this week, makes the
number of MKs and ministers on the Judicial Selection Committee equal to that of
judges and lawyers.
Levin wrote in the bill’s explanatory portion that it
is meant to make the committee “credibly express the variety of opinions in the
public, while giving the votes of professionals and academics an appropriate
“This proposal strengthens the principle of separating powers
and the rule that no power should elect itself,” he added.
Levin, the current system of selecting judges gives the judicial branch of
government – judges and Bar Association representatives – an automatic majority
in the committee.
Kol, however, said “the whole purpose [of the bill] is
to make the courts subordinate to political considerations of MKs and
“Such a thing cannot exist in a democratic country,” Kol
added, calling for MKs to prevent the legislation from being passed, at any
In the US, only politicians are involved in federal judge
appointments. Judges and Bar Association representatives may make
recommendations or even nominate themselves, but the president appoints all
federal judges, and his choices must be confirmed by the senate.