The bill that would allow Tiberias Committee Chairman Boaz Yosef to run in the upcoming elections was approved in the Knesset plenum on Wednesday in a preliminary reading, despite strong criticism from Knesset members in the coalition and opposition and legal advice. MK Tali Gottlieb, who expressed opposition to the law, left the plenum and did not participate in the vote.
Boaz Yosef (left) (Photo: official website, photo - Shlomi Mazor)
The bill's initiator, MK Amit Halevy of the Likud, came to explain the proposal and was met with strong reactions from opposition members who shouted at him: "The most corrupt law in the history of the Knesset." Halevy said in response: "The law, as I propose here, has existed for 50 years. This is a moral bill that removes the restriction on local authorities. We don't have to interfere with them, especially the citizens, and decide who they can choose and who they can't."
Aryeh Deri (Photo: Reuven Castro)
Interior Minister Moshe Arbel of Shas, who claimed against his party chairman Aryeh Deri that the proposal was intended to promote Yosef, replied on behalf of the government, saying: "There were differences of opinion within the Interior Ministry because of the proximity to the election date. The ministry's position was to leave the matter to the consideration of the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, which determined that the weight of the right to vote and be elected prevailed and that the proposal should be supported."
MK Gideon Sa'ar of the State Camp opposed the bill. "If you had proposed the bill without interfering in the local election campaign in five months' time, anyway. But now to come to a legislative blitz and to intervene in Tiberias, I ask myself, what is your obsession with crooked and corrupt laws? This law will not withstand judicial review, you will be humiliated as usual and left with nothing in hand," Sa'ar said.
Validated the bill. Saar (Photo: Reuven Castro)
She did not participate in the vote after expressing opposition. Gottlieb (Photo: Flash 90, Jonathan Zindel)
MK Tali Gottlieb, who has previously expressed her opposition to the bill, appealed to Knesset committee members last week 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."
Gottlieb strongly condemned the proposal, claiming it smelled "very bad." "This bill is being introduced to personally protect a candidate, I am not prepared to accept that on our watch something like this will happen, take a step back." Gottlieb added: "There are rules in the legislation designed to create equality between Israeli citizens, with all due respect to the Likud and the coalition, I call on you to come to your senses. It is forbidden to be tainted by cleanliness. This law is inappropriate, inappropriate. I know there's an investigation into this thing, I have intelligence."
- Aryeh Deri