Shaked 'won't let any judges be disqualified'

Source close to Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked insists she won't give in to pressure against religious Zionist rabbinic judges.

Shlomo Piotrokovsky ,

Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked
Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked

A source close to Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) says the committee for selecting religious judges will not hold its meeting scheduled for Tuesday night.

The cancellation is due to a lack of agreement between the committee members on the candidacy of rabbinic judges associated with the Tzohar organization which has blasted the Chief Rabbinate's stand on controversial issues..

"Minister Shaked will not allow any judge to be disqualified," the source explained.

It should be noted that, even if committee head Yuval Steinitz (Likud) insists on holding tonight's meeting, the lack of consensus would prevent the committee fom making any appointments.

Earlier it was reported that the meeting was put off for at least a week because Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef intends to fly abroad for the week.

The committee has until this Friday before a Supreme Court ruling comes into effect and declares all temporary appointments expired. The Court further declared that the appointments cannot be renewed.

Should that happen, the Supreme Rabbinical Court will be left with only three members, including the two Chief Rabbis. In effect, it would be left paralyzed.