Livni Party faction meeting 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and cabinet secretary Avichai Mandelblit on Sunday
went toe-to-toe over transparency and secrecy of the proceedings of the
Ministerial Committee on Legislation.
Livni has campaigned heavily to
make all votes and dealings of the committee public.
Recently, she has
even said, having held a debate on the issue, that “despite significant
resistance” she would move forward with her transparency initiative.
on Sunday she ran into a legal roadblock.
Mandelblit, who until recently
was responsible for maintaining a wide blanket of secrecy as the IDF’s
magistrate advocate-general, told Livni and the committee that the votes could
not be publicized without a decision of the cabinet to change the articles of
operations for the government.
Livni said the next step would be for
Mandelblit to submit his opinion on the legal aspects of the issue to her and to
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
She added that if it is necessary, she
would work speedily to bring the issue to a vote of the full cabinet.
related news, Habayit Hayehudi’s MK Orit Struck said that the back and forth
between Livni and Mandelblit strengthened the need to pass a bill that she and
Likud MK Yariv Levin had proposed for increasing transparency.
said that the resistance to “voluntarily” make matters more transparent,
necessitated a legal obligation in the form of a new law.
Struck’s approach, saying that not all problems have to be fixed by formal
legislation and that many issues, such as this one, are better dealt with
through the flexibility of government decisions or executive regulations.