Opposition reading to block bill on judicial postings
Bill seeks to limit who the Israel Bar Association representatives on the committee can be, favoring the right.
On Wednesday, opposition MKs reiterated that they are preparing for battle to block a bill that would change the makeup of the Judicial Appointments Committee.
"We plan to terrorize the coalition next week to prevent the law's passage," said MK Yoel Hasson (Kadima ). "Kadima will file thousands of objections."
The bill, which only this week emerged from committee, seeks to limit who the Israel Bar Association representatives on the committee can be, and is seen as favoring the right, which wants to influence future appointments to the Supreme Court. The bill is sponsored by Robert Ilatov (Yisrael Beiteinu ) and Zeev Elkin (Likud ).
Debate on the bill was put off this week because Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin refused to table any important bills while Arab MKs were absent for the Muslim holiday of Id al-Adha.
Passing it before November 22 - the day the bar association votes on its new representatives to the appointments committee - would require a marathon effort next week to push the bill through four readings in three days.
"Whoever intends to push through this political law within three days will see what hell awaits him," said Hasson.
Both the Justice Ministry and the Knesset legal adviser have already said the bill is not constitutional because it contravenes the Basic Law on the Judiciary by restricting the bar association's ability to choose its own representatives to the Judicial Appointments Committee.
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