High Court of Justice 370.
(photo credit: yonah jeremy bob)
The Labor Party violated an agreement with Likud Beytenu to support both Labor
faction head Isaac Herzog and Likud Beytenu MK David Rotem in last week’s
secret-ballot vote for slots on the judicial selection committee, Yisrael
Beytenu head Avigdor Liberman charged Monday.
The coalition suffered a
blow in the vote when Shas MK Yitzhak Cohen received four more votes than Rotem,
enabling Cohen to join the committee along with Herzog. While fingers were
initially pointed at MKs in Likud Beytenu for voting against Rotem, Liberman
shifted the blame to Labor in a Knesset press conference.
there were 13 ballots in which MKs voted for only Herzog and left the second
candidate blank. He said he warned coalition chairman Yariv Levin in advance
that Labor would not honor the deal.
“If the other side would have kept
the deal, Rotem would have been elected,” Liberman said. “When I saw the
results, I was happy that there was not one ticket with only Rotem, because we
proved that in our party our word is our bond and we keep our
Herzog vigorously denied Liberman’s accusations. He said
there were only three ballots that had only his name on them in the secret
ballot vote, and he knew they were cast by Arab MKs.
In the press
conference, Liberman defended a proposed bill by Rotem that would limit the
number of no-confidence motions, calling the parliamentary tool grossly
Levin has asked all the factions in the coalition to submit
their opinions on how to change the electoral system to him by next week so he
can work on a unified proposal. Both Rotem’s bill and a rival bill by Yesh Atid
would eliminate a law initiating elections if the state budget is not passed,
but Levin said he disagreed.
“Without a sword hanging over the MKs, they
will have no motivation to pass the budget,” he said.