Lapid, Gantz to meet tomorrow to choose opposition’s candidate for judicial 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)

Opposition party heads Yair Lapid and Benny Gantz are scheduled to meet tomorrow, to work toward choosing a joint candidate for the June 14 election of two MKs to sit on the Judicial Selection Committee, says an opposition source.

While at least one of the two lawmaker seats will be held by a coalition candidate, by convention one is generally reserved for an opposition MK — provided the opposition can unify votes behind a consensus choice.

Lapid has put forward his Yesh Atid party MK Karine Elharrar for the spot, while Gantz’s National Unity party hopes to nominate a candidate of its own for the closed-door, anonymous election.

The Labor party has put forward MK Efrat Rayten as a possible candidate, but party leader Merav Michaeli said yesterday that she would bow to a consensus choice if all opposition party leaders were to convene and choose one.

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