Rightist Lobbies for Judicial Post for Former West Bank Prosecutor

The director general of the Bnei Akiva network of yeshivas reportedly has been lobbying influential right-wing figures recently, in an attempt to have his sister-in-law appointed as a judge.

The alleged effort on the part of Elhanan Glatt follows previous failed attempts by Rivka Glatt - whose career has included involvement in the prosecution of right-wing Jewish activists - to become a Magistrate's Court judge in Tel Aviv.

Her efforts have encountered opposition from the political right.

Ahead of the Judicial Appointment Committee's meeting on Friday, in which Rivka Glatt is to be considered again for the bench, Elhanan Glatt is reportedly telling right-wing political figures that his sister-in-law has been misunderstood. Glatt told Haaretz that he has not been campaigning on his sister-in-law's behalf.

Rivka Glatt, 44, headed the prosecution unit of the West Bank police district during the second intifada, which broke out in 2000. She took a firm stance against right-wing detainees, insisting in each case on their being expelled from the West Bank. She later moved to the police prosecutor's office in the Jerusalem District, where she was faced with the cases of demonstrators who were arrested at protests over Israel's then-impending withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in 2005. In more recent years she headed the investigation unit at the Public Security Ministry.

Since Rivka Glatt's efforts to be appointed Magistrate's Court judge began about a year ago, a number of objections have been filed by people on the right side of the political spectrum, and she has been passed over. In June of this year, she was officially rejected as a candidate for the position, but her appointment is now being reconsidered.

Elhanan Glatt, a leading figure in national religious Zionism, heads a network of more than 60 high-school yeshivas and other religious educational institutions, with a total student body of over 20,000.

In recent months he has reportedly been lobbying political activists and rabbis, seeking to convince them to drop their opposition to his sister-in-law's appointment.

He has been particularly eager to secure the support of MKs David Rotem (Yisrael Beiteinu ) and Uri Ariel (National Union ), who are on the Judicial Appointment Committee. Glatt has reportedly assured them that his sister-in-law grew up in the West Bank settlement of Kedumim, where her parents still live, and that she is not left-wing politically.