Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin 311.
(photo credit: Gabi Farkash)
Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin postponed the vote on legislation regarding the
make-up of the Judicial Selection Committee at the request of five opposition
The move followed Monday’s declaration that this week’s
agenda would be set by consensus, due to the Muslim and Druse holiday of Id
Although Kadima complained that the move was politically
motivated, due to Rivlin’s admitted presidential aspirations, the party drafted
a letter and gathered signatures to delay voting on the bill proposed by
coalition Chairman Ze’ev Elkin (Likud), MK Yariv Levin (Likud), Israel Beiteinu
faction Chairman Robert Ilatov, and others.
“Due to your decision, the
vast majority of bills by opposition factions were removed from the agenda,” the
letter reads. “Surprisingly, after checking with the Knesset secretary this
morning, we found that the bill on the choice of the Bar Association’s
representative to the Judicial Selection Committee remained on the agenda for
“This bill is very controversial in the Knesset, as well as
within the coalition, and was rejected last week in the Ministerial Committee on
Legislation. It passed by only one vote after an appeal [to the ministerial
Faction chairs Dalia Itzik (Kadima), Ilan Gilon (Meretz),
Dov Henin (Hadash) and Eitan Cabel (Labor) all signed the letter, which explains
that they “disagree that this bill be brought for a discussion and vote in the
plenum.” The bill in question would enforce the appointment of one coalition
representative and one opposition representative from the Bar Association to the
Judicial Selection Committee.
According to the bill’s text, the
legislation is meant to “require the Bar Association to set rules for choosing
representatives to important selection committees.”
“This proposal will
prevent political negotiations in appointing said representatives,” the bill
On Monday, Elkin explained that the bill is meant to legislate a
norm that existed for decades and was recently overturned.
opposition members have complained that his bill would impose the coalition’s
will on the Judicial Selection Committee.
“The Likud is cynically using
the Knesset and the legislative process to promote bills that seem innocent, but
actually express a clear and personal agenda – to promote their own people,” a
Kadima spokesman said, regarding the bill.