The Israeli Supreme Court today forced the president of the Israeli Parliament, an ally of Benjamin Netanyahu, to vote on his succession before Wednesday after he opposed holding the plenary session that he is expected to lose in favor of the centrist rival Blue and White of Beny Gantz.
Yuli Edelstein, of right-wing Likud of Netanyahu, has taken advantage of the coronavirus emergency measures – which do not allow meetings of more than 10 people, in a chamber of 120 deputies – and the regulation that suggests that it should only be chosen after the establishment of the new Government after the elections of March 2 -in full formation led by Gantz-.
The Supreme Court suggested today that it do so before Wednesday, after Edelstein delayed the vote after the inaugural session last week, and gave him a few hours to respond to which the president replied that he will not accept “ultimatums.”
“The continued refusal to allow the Knesset to vote on the election of a permanent president is undermining the foundations of the democratic process,” Chief Justice Esther Hayut said today.
The renewal of the president was requested last Monday after the inaugural session of the Parliament (Knéset) formed after the elections, the third in less than a year due to the political blockade, and in which Gantz has a majority and has received the mandate of the president Israel, Reuvén Rivlin, to establish an Executive.
However, Edelstein postponed this vote and also the formation of the Preparations Commission to start Parliament, paralyzed until today when it was finally formed after political and judicial pressure.
Netanyahu’s parliamentary bloc (58 out of 120) boycotted the formation of the commission, which will have a majority of members of the Blue and White Ganzt bloc, and will be chaired by a parliamentarian of this formation.
The President of the Israeli Supreme Court warned today that the current situation “is one of those exceptional cases in which the Court must intervene to avoid a violation of the parliamentary system.”
At the same time that the voices that warn of a democratic crisis increase in Israel, when the focus of the urgency is on the pandemic of the new coronavirus, ministers of the Netanyahu transitional government question the judicial intervention, as the head of Justice, Amir Ohana, who suggested today not to follow the line of the Supreme.