Despite Yamina’s promises, the Bennett-Lapid government continues to chip away at the religious status quo in Israel and this time a Yamina minister is implementing the changes, with Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahana moving forward with a plan to minimize Chareidi influence on the appointment of dayanim by as early as next week, Yediot Acharanot reported on Tuesday.
Kahana’s goal is to increase the number of Dati Leumi Rabbanim appointed to official positions and he intends to accomplish that by ensuring that more secular and Dati Leumi people are appointed to the Judicial Appointments Committee, outnumbering the Chareidi members on the committee.
The committee is comprised of eleven members: two ministers, two MKs (one from the coalition and one from the opposition), two dayanim from the Rabbanut, two representatives of the Bar Association, one Beis Din adviser appointed by the Religious Affair Ministry and the two Chief Rabbis.
When UTJ and Shas were part of the coalition, there was a majority of Chareidim on the committee comprised of their representatives together with the Chief Rabbis and the dayanim of the Rabbanut, ensuring a veto of the appointment of dayanim considered too religiously liberal.
Now that the Chareidi parties no longer have representatives on the committee, Kahana also intends to change the composition of the committee by advancing a bill requiring at least half of the political representatives of the committee to be female, precluding any Chareidi MKs.
The two ministers appointed to the committee are Kahana and Housing Minister Ze’ev Elkin (New Hope).
In the coming year, the Judicial Appointments Committee is set to appoint six dayanim to the Regional Beis Din and three dayanim to the Beis HaDin HaGadol, a significant number of new dayanim after a considerable waiting time for new appointments.
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)