Ministers seek to muzzle watchdog
The Ministerial Ethics Committee thinks that wealth declarations mandated from ministers should be scaled back.
The Ministerial Ethics Committee thinks that wealth declarations mandated from ministers should be scaled back, and that a government-appointed committee should be the body that receives them, not the state comptroller.
The committee, which was appointed by the cabinet, furthermore proposed limiting the comptroller's powers to oversee ministers' conflicts of interest.
The committee is headed by Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman, and its members are Gideon Sa'ar, Stas Misezhnikov and Meshulam Nahari. It plans to ask the cabinet to approve its recommendations today.
The planned reforms have raised harsh opposition from State Comptroller Micha Lindenstrauss.
"The Ethics Committee, appointed by the cabinet, is not a constitutional oversight body for the cabinet but rather a party acting in the cabinet's interest," Lindenstrauss wrote, adding that the committee's plans would damage public trust in the ministers.