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Retired Supreme Court justice Menachem Mazuz tapped to head senior appointments committee

Then-Supreme Court Justice Menachem "Meni" Mazuz at the President's Residence in Jerusalem, November 10, 2014. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Then-Supreme Court Justice Menachem "Meni" Mazuz at the President's Residence in Jerusalem, November 10, 2014. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The cabinet approves the appointment of former Supreme Court justice and attorney general Menachem (Meni) Mazuz, 67, as chairman of the Senior Appointments Advisory Committee on Sunday.

The Senior Appointments Advisory Committee is responsible for vetting candidates for major positions, such as chief of the military, the police commissioner, head of the Shin Bet, and head of the Mossad, among other positions

Mazuz’s selection is bitterly opposed by right-wing parties in the opposition who object to him on political grounds, as well as due to their insistence that an interim government should not engage in appointments to key positions.

Following pressure from the right, Yamina leader Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked earlier called on Alternate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to veto the appointment, but he declined to do so.

Mazuz and his committee will likely need to vet a new IDF chief of staff in the near future. Defense Minister Benny Gantz is seeking to appoint a new IDF chief in the face of furious objections by the opposition.

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