Deputy Foreign Minister Michael Oren responded Sunday to the decision by The Advisory Committee for the Appointment of Senior Officials, known as the Goldberg Committee for the head of the committee, not to recommend the appointment of Moshe (Chico) Edri as the next police commissioner.
"The problem with the State of Israel is not the issue of the appointment of Edri, but there is another, more complicated problem. The problem concerns the Goldberg Committee, the Military Advocate General, as well as the Supreme Court - with the motif repeating itself every time - The problem of judicial activism, which threatens to take control over the elected echelon,” Oren said.
"In order to protect the judicial branch, the ‘Everything is judiciable’ approach must be brought to an end. The State of Israel is in a situation between the Book of Judges and the Book of Kings - if we don’t manage to reform the courts and we don’t restrain the judges, we will receive kings."
Last week, The Advisory Committee for the Appointment of Senior Officials decided not to recommend the appointment of Moshe (Chico) Edri as the next police commissioner.
Two committee members voted in favor of the appointment, while two of them - including the chairman of the committee, retired Judge Eliezer Goldberg - voted against it following a meeting Edri held with a lawyer representing a complainant against him three days before his appearance before the committee.
In the event of a tie between the committee members, committee chairman Goldberg receives a decisive vote, and therefore it was decided not to recommend Edri’s appointment. Minister of Public Security Gilad Erdan announced that he does not accept the position of the advisory committee in light of the equality of votes among its members.