As deadline nears, still no consensus opposition candidate for Judicial Selection Committee

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a former political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

Opposition leader Yair Lapid (left) and National Unity party leader Benny Gantz meet in the Knesset on May 10, 2023. (Courtesy)
Opposition leader Yair Lapid (left) and National Unity party leader Benny Gantz meet in the Knesset on May 10, 2023. (Courtesy)

Two days out from the deadline to submit candidates, opposition parties have yet reach an agreement on a single name, endangering their ability to place a lawmaker from their camp on the Judicial Selection Committee.

Opposition Leader Yair Lapid says that “efforts are being made with [fellow opposition party leader Benny] Gantz to come to an agreed-upon candidate,” but declines to say whether his Yesh Atid party would run their pick — MK Karine Elharrar — if the matter is not settled.

Gantz is currently in New York and is only expected to return to Israel mid-week.
Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman confirms that his party will not field its own candidate and urges the opposition to unify, or else hand their one seat on the appointments panel to the coalition.

Labor MK Efrat Rayten, who is being put forward by her four-seat party, told Army Radio earlier today that she still considers herself a viable choice.

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