Bill to bar Supreme Court from deciding who can run for Knesset

New law aims to prevent Supreme Court from overturning decisions by election committee on who may or may not run for Knesset.

Hezki Baruch ,

MK Oded Forer
MK Oded Forer
Flash 90

MK Oded Forer (Yisrael Beytenu) will submit on Sunday a proposal to remove the Supreme Court's authority to interfere in the Central Elections Committee's decisions regarding which parties and candidates may run for the Knesset.

At present, the Knesset's Central Elections Committee rules on petitions against party lists or individual candidates, deciding whether those parties or candidates are in violation of Israel's election laws and thus unable to run for the Knesset. The Supreme Court, however, may overturn the committee's decision, and permit parties or individuals who have been barred by the committee to run.

The proposal, signed by all Yisrael Beytenu faction members, aims to amend Basic Law: The Knesset and authorize only the Central Elections Committee to decide who may and may not run for Knesset.

"Unfortunately, over the past few years the Knesset has become a place where terrorists and their supporters sit confidently," Forer said. "This is why MK Ayman Odeh (Joint Arab List) and former MK Basel Ghattas (Joint Arab List) abandoned IDF soldiers and left them to die, refusing to condemn injury to them."

"Before the 2015 elections, the Central Elections Committee decided to adopt Yisrael Beytenu's stance and did not allow MK Hanin Zoabi (Joint Arab List) to run for Knesset. However, the Supreme Court canceled the Committee's decision, allowing Zoabi to run."

Zoabi recently said Jews have "no right to self-determination" and admitted that she uses her place in the Knesset "for her own interests, for her own national approaching [sic]." The "Zionists," she said, should leave "the whole area," not just Gaza, Judea, and Samaria.

In 2014, Zoabi published an article on Hamas's official website encouraging an Islamist uprising against the Jewish state. Later, police recommended trying Zoabi for incitement.

Forer explained that "during the current coalition, members of the Joint Arab List condemned Saudi Arabia for recognizing Hezbollah as a terror organization. They also placed a wreath of flowers on a terrorist's grave on Independence Day, and stood with their families for a moment of silence after the wreath was placed on the terrorist's grave."

"It seems to be the routine that the Central Elections Committee decides not to allow terrorists to run for Knesset, and the Supreme Court overturns their decision. The Central Elections Committee makes its decisions in accordance with Basic Law: The Knesset, and a supreme judge. Therefore, there is no reason for the Supreme Court to intervene in the Committee's decisions. This is why we are proposing this law.

"Yisrael Beytenu will also work to change the Basic Law: The Knesset in order to make it harder for terrorists to run for the Knesset and to prevent a situation in which terrorists are elected to Israel's Knesset."