Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein feels that it is too drastic a measure to disqualify candidates running for Knesset. He was speaking specifically about Yachad candidate Baruch Marzel and Arab MK Hanin Zoabi. The two were banned from running by the Central Election Committee, have since appealed to the Supreme Court, and await the court’s ruling.
The Supreme Court is compelled to approve the disqualifying of a candidate as in these two cases. In the last election for 19th Knesset over 2 years ago, Zoabi was disqualified by the committee but that ruling was overturned by the Supreme Court.
Mazel has run in the past but was never disqualified. He was not viewed as having a realistic chance of getting a Knesset seat. Supporters explain that this time around the committee realizes he is likely to get a Knesset seat and that is why this time around his candidacy is being challenged.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)