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    "Michael Ben-Ari.. is the first outspoken disciple of Rabbi Meir Kahane to be elected to the Knesset.. Previously a member of the banned Kach party, Ben-Ari still views himself as Meir Kahane's follower." - Wiki// Ben Ari belongs to the settlers' party, which is so extreme that Netanyahu could not bring into his coalition, or else they would have objected to absolutely every move towards compromising with the PA. Now, the proposal to investigate leftist organization was brought up by two right-wing MK's, one from Likud and one from the Lieberman party, both in the coalition. Why then would the coalition head let the extremist settler party member head the investigation panel? It would have made sense to appoint the Likud proposer as chairman, and the Lieberman proposer as vice chair? The answer, I think, is that since Lieberman wanted his party to lead, the compromise was that somebody even more extreme would do the investigation. Way to go, but this is going to be a failed investigation. Knesset committees do not have subpoena powers, leftist NGOs will refuse to appear before this committee (I assume), and they will get their information from NGO reports that are already public record, as required by law.

    from the article: Rightist MK expected to head probe into Israel's Leftist NGOs
    First published 15:31 26.01.11 | Last updated 15:31 26.01.11
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