MK Rotman's compromise proposal (Knesset Channel)
The Constitution Committee in the Knesset, chaired by MK Simcha Rothman, will meet today (Tuesday) to vote on the new outline for changing the composition of the Committee for the Selection of Judges for the second and third reading, as promoted by the coalition. Opposition leaders Yair Lapid, Benny Gantz, Avigdor Lieberman, Merav Michaeli and Mansor Abbas
turned Last night in a letter to Knesset Speaker Amir Ohana, they wrote that "Tomorrow's meeting of the Constitution Committee is a disgrace of the Knesset and a disgrace of passing a basic law that will lead to a fundamental change of the system of governance in Israel."
According to them, the chairman of the committee should be "instructed to convene another discussion with the participation of Knesset members and relevant experts and to allow additional time to study and understand the new proposal and to write reservations".
Simcha Rothman at the Constitutional Committee hearings, March 19, 2023 (Photo: Flash 90, Yonatan Zindel)
According to the coalition's new proposal, the composition of the committee for selecting judges will be changed so that it will have 11 members, and it will be divided into two: a committee for selecting judges for the Supreme Court and a committee that will appoint judges for lower courts.
The committee that will discuss appointments to the supreme court will consist of three ministers, three Knesset members from the coalition, two Knesset members from the opposition and three supreme judges, including the president.
In each term, in the first two appointments to the top, a simple majority of only 6 will be required, so that the coalition can appoint them by itself, but from the third appointment onwards, a simple majority will be required, but together with the consent of the opposition representative in the third appointment and the judges in the fourth appointment.
The committee on appointments to the lower courts will consist of three judges who are the supreme president, the district president and the president of the peace court and a majority of seven out of 11 committee members will be required.
According to the proposal, the coalition will be able to appoint the supreme president with a simple majority as part of the first two appointments for which a simple majority is required.
Yesterday, at the meeting of the heads of the coalition, it was decided that the proposal to change the composition of the committee for the selection of judges will be approved until the Knesset recess in two weeks, but the other articles of the legal reform will be approved after the start of the summer session of the Knesset.
The coalition said that it was for the purpose of talks with the members of the opposition, but the latter rejected any proposal for talks in light of the expected approval of the change of the committee for the selection of judges.
More in Walla!
Netanyahu fears that Gallant will resign if the revolution does not soften;
Protest leaders: expect him to vote against
To the full article
The leaders of the opposition (photo: official website, none)
Justice Minister Yariv Levin said yesterday that if the High Court rejects the legal reform laws, "that would be crossing any red line and we will not accept it," as he put it. Minister Levin said these things in an interview with "Patriots" on Channel 14. He added: "There is no justification For the High Court's disqualification, the change we made was intended to prevent any claim of a constitutional crisis."
Levin also said that after the recess of the Knesset, the other articles of the legal reform will be promoted.
"I say clearly, after the break we will advance the other components of the reform exactly as planned."
The legal revolution
The Committee for the Selection of Judges