At the end of an all-night filibuster, the Bennett-Lapid coalition successfully passed the “Dayanim Law” early Wednesday morning, with 59 MKs voting in favor of the bill and 54 against.
The law, which is intended to nix Chareidi influence over the appointment of Rabbinical judges, will ensure that the Selection Committee for Rabbinical Judges will have a majority of secular and Dati Leumi representatives.
After the bill fell two weeks ago due to due to a mistaken vote by a coalition MK, it was reintroduced and passed its initial reading in the Knesset overnight Monday. On Tuesday night, it was approved in its second and third readings.
The coalition was so eager to pass the bill that it bypassed normal Knesset regulations that require every bill to be submitted 21 days before it is passed, a move backed by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit.
Likud MK Yariv Levin slammed the bill, saying it is intended to satisfy the personal interests of coalition members. “This bill is shameful and sets a precedent that I fear Israel and Israelis will pay a steep price for,” he said.
UTJ MK Yisrael Eichler said: “This government, which due to its makeup can’t agree on anything, agrees on one thing – the war on Yahadus and religion. The very fact that we’re sitting here at this late hour and discussing the Selection Commi
(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)