Gal-On petitions to ban broadcast of Netanyahu speech to Congress

Meretz leader argument grounded in rule that it is illegal to broadcast campaign speeches for 60 days before an election.

By
January 25, 2015 14:47
1 minute read.
Zahava Gal-On

Zahava Gal-On. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later Don't show it again

Israeli television and radio stations should not broadcast Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to both houses of the US Congress in March, because it is illegal election campaigning, Meretz leader Zehava Gal-On wrote in a petition to the Central Election Committee Sunday.

It is illegal to broadcast campaign speeches for 60 days before an election. Netanyahu’s speech to Congress about Iran is planned for March 3, and the election is on March 17. The ban on speeches came into effect on January 16.

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


Gal-On’s attorney, Daphna Holtz-Lechner, pointed out that the speech was planned without coordinating with the White House, against protocol, and that US President Barack Obama will not meet with Netanyahu because of how close the speech is to the election.

“It is clear that this is an election speech. The American establishment will not be involved in our election, and its heads, including Secretary of State John Kerry and Obama not meet with Mr. Netanyahu,” she wrote.

“Many in the American government expressed shock and harshly criticized the prime minister for playing politics while harming the strategic interests between Israel and the US.”

According to Holtz-Lechner, the way Netanyahu decided to give the speech, despite all of the opposition to it and its timing, shows that it is meant to help his electoral campaign.

Central Election Committee chairman Justice Salim Joubran asked that Netanyahu – not the Prime Minister’s Office – and Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein respond to Gal- On’s petition by February 1.

Related Content

Gideon Sa'ar
March 24, 2015
Sa'ar says national unity government is 'still on the table'

By JPOST.COM STAFF