Labor Head Seeks Term Limit for Prime Minister
MK Shelly Yachimovich, head of the Labor party and of the Opposition, is considering legislation to prevent any one person from serving as Prime Minister for more than two consecutive terms.
According to Galei Tzahal (IDF Radio), Yechimovich is planning a term limits proposal primarily as a response to proposals from the Yesh Atid and Yisrael Beytenu parties that would make it harder for the Knesset to topple the government with a no-confidence vote.
Yachimovich is still studying the issue. Among the things she is reportedly considering is the question of whether any Coalition parties could be convinced to support her proposal.
Another issue is the question of whether the law would be struck down by the Supreme Court.
Sources in the Prime Minister’s Office were unconcerned by the suggested law, which would prevent Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu from seeking another term in office in the next elections.
“This is a proposal that would never get past the Supreme Court, because its entire purpose is to prevent Israeli citizens from exercising their will,” they said.
Former Justice Minister Daniel Freidman told IDF Radio that while it is theoretically acceptable to legislate term limits, the proposal in question would not suit the Israeli system of government, “which is a coalition system in which the Prime Minister’s power is limited.”
The timing of the law would also be problematic, he added, as it would make the law appear to be a personal attack on Netanyahu. “Creating a law that would affect him personally doesn’t seem right to me. It wouldn’t need to go to the Supreme Court, it just wouldn’t be right,” he said.