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The coalition is seeking Monday morning to advance in an expedited process the bill that would allow Boaz Yosef, chairman of the Karaut Committee (a committee for fulfilling the functions of mayor and council) in Tiberias, to run in the upcoming mayoral elections. Yosef is considered close to Shas Chairman Aryeh Deri, and according to political sources, the bill's initiator, MK Amit Halevy of the Likud, is also promoting it due to pressure from members of the Likud Center, and following pressure coming from Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich's circle.
MK Tali Gottlieb, who has previously expressed her opposition to the bill, appealed to Knesset committee members yesterday not to approve the bill's advancement: "Don't be a puppet, you can't legislate a personal law. For much less than that, police investigations have been launched."
An associate of Deri and Smotrich. Boaz Yosef (left), Chairman of the Reading Committee in Tiberias (Photo: official website, photo - Shlomi Mazor)
Opposition Knesset members also expressed their opposition to the bill. MK Oded Forer of Yisrael Beiteinu argued that the bill was "personal." For his part, Gideon Sa'ar noted that although Boaz Yosef is a "professional man," he said that the proposal changes "the rules of differentiation during the 90th minute of the game." A member of Sa'ar's party, Ze'ev Elkin, added: "You are giving the interior ministers an incentive to oust mayors and appoint the chairman of a named committee, and then allow him to run, it's crazy."
Alongside all this, the legal advisor of the Knesset Committee, Arbel Astrakhan, also expressed opposition to the bill: "One person who cannot run today will be able to run, if this proposal is approved. The main difficulty is changing the rules of the game within an election period."
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"It is forbidden to legislate a personal law. For much less than that, police investigations have been launched." MK Gottlieb (Photo: official website, Itamar Carmon, World News)
Repeal of the current prohibition in the law will allow a person who has been parachuted into the position of head of the authority to run without a cold and to have an unfair advantage over the other contenders. As noted, the bill is intended to help mainly Boaz Yosef, a member of the Interior Ministry, who is close to Aryeh Deri, who heads a committee called in the city of Tiberias, who will be able to run in the upcoming elections in October after the bill is approved.
Boaz Yosef has extensive experience in local government, and previously served as comptroller and treasurer of the Tiberias municipality. Later, he served as the Northern District Commissioner in the Ministry of the Interior. Yosef is a resident of Tiberias who left the city for the neighboring moshav Kfar Hitim, who in the past applied for the position of head of the Lower Galilee Regional Council, but eventually withdrew it and did not run. In his role as head of the northern district, Ron Koby, the ousted mayor of Tiberias, saw him as Deri's doer. Kobi repeatedly claimed that Deri was harming Tiberias and trying to sabotage his work.
- Tali Gottlieb