In the video: Gantz has not yet decided on the issue of the candidate for the Judicial Selection Committee: "I will not be mistaken" (Israel Democracy Institute)
Opposition leader and Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid and National Camp Chairman Benny Gantz met on Wednesday to discuss the opposition split over the candidate for the Judicial Appointments Committee. A joint statement by the two parties at the end of the meeting said they had "agreed to continue working together and in coordination on the issue of the Judicial Appointments Committee." Lapid and Gantz have not yet agreed on the identity of the opposition's candidate, but have agreed to "act in coordination" on the issue.
After the meeting with Lapid, Gantz announced that he had also met earlier today with Labor Chairman Merav Michaeli. The official camp's statement said the same wording it issued in a statement with Lapid, according to which Gantz and Michaeli "agreed to continue working together and in coordination on the issue of the judicial selection committee."
Similar announcements indicate that there is agreement among the opposition parties that they will work to formulate one opposition candidate for the Judicial Selection Committee, but there is still no agreement on who will be the candidate. Lapid has nominated MK Karine Elharrar, Michaeli is promoting MK Efrat Reitan's candidacy, and Gantz has not yet decided whether to propose a candidate on his behalf.
Will they reach agreements? Lapid and Michaeli (Photo: Flash 90, Jonathan Zindel)
On Monday, the Labor Party announced that it would nominate MK Efrat Reitan as the opposition candidate for the Judicial Selection Committee, despite calls by opposition leader Yair Lapid to unite around his party member Karine Elharrar. The Knesset Secretary announced this evening that elections for representatives of the Judicial Selection Committee will be held on June 14.
"I am submitting my candidacy to the Judicial Selection Committee," Reiten said at the start of the faction meeting. "This is based on the experience I gained in the committee in the previous government, the parallels and seniority, and the ability to conduct a respectful dialogue with parties who do not see eye to eye with worldviews, and yet reach broad agreements." Her party chairwoman, Merav Michaeli, supported her.
Minutes earlier, Lapid had urged the other opposition factions not to present other candidates. "This is a tremendous achievement of the protest and the opposition, and it seems that a committee will be elected to select judges with an opposition representative," he said. "My role as opposition leader is to lead the process, I am confident that we will lead the process, because the second option is a split that will lead to the election of two coalition representatives, and that is a disaster for Israeli democracy."
Benny Gantz, chairman of the state camp, also said in the faction that the most important thing is that the coalition nominate one candidate according to custom. He warned that if it presented two candidates, his party would withdraw from the talks at the president's residence.
- Merav Michaeli
- Yair Lapid
- Benny Gantz