Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy: Knesset Channel)
Gilad Lobbying employees will be banned from the Knesset for 30 days, a
committee headed by Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin decided on Monday.
decision came following a report last month on Channel 2’s Uvda investigative
program, which used hidden cameras to expose Gilad lobbyist Tzach Borovitz
bragging about manipulating MKs and the Knesset Center for Research and
Information in order to increase the revenues of Gilad’s clients.
along with Knesset deputy speakers Yitzhak Vaknin (Shas) and Ya’acov Edri
(Kadima), held a hearing for Gilad Lobbying last week.
apologized to the committee, and said that what was said by Borovitz on Uvda is
“far from the truth, some of which are words of arrogance and were represented
in a fragmented and twisted way.”
“Deviant behavior through lobbying, as
was exposed in the [Uvda] report, is a serious problem and has heavily damaged
the public’s trust in the Knesset and its members,” Rivlin said.
committee banned Borovitz from working as a lobbyist for two years. In addition,
Gilad Lobbying director Ariel Sander’s lobbying license was confiscated until
the beginning of the Knesset’s summer session on April 29. The rest of Gilad’s
employees may not lobby in the Knesset for the next 30 days.