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Hayut knocks unity deal’s 6-month barring of senior official appointments

Knocking the unity deal clause that bars the appointment of senior officials during the first six months as “exploitative,” Chief Justice Esther Hayut asks, “what does coronavirus have to do with the appointment of senior officials, such as the police chief which for the past year and a half has been filled by an interim official?”

Justice Uzi Fogelman adds that after three consecutive elections, such appointments cannot wait any longer.

After judges repeatedly pressed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s attorney Michael Rabilo on why the coalition deal doesn’t allow for most non-coronavirus related legislation for the first six months of the government, the lawyer gives in and says that an edit will be made to make the requirement less binding and allow other legislation to be advanced when necessary.