Second bill in overhaul package advances in first reading in Knesset

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

A discussion on the government's judicial overhaul plans in the assembly hall of the Knesset in Jerusalem, on February 20, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
A discussion on the government's judicial overhaul plans in the assembly hall of the Knesset in Jerusalem, on February 20, 2023. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Both bills in the coalition’s initial tranche of judicial reforms, which together will put government control over judicial appointments and block courts from reviewing Basic Laws, have been approved in their first plenum readings.

The two bills, the latter of which deals with the method of appointing the lone opposition lawmaker allotted to Israel’s Judicial Selection Committee, passes across clear coalition lines. Both bills pass by a vote of 63-47.

The debate and vote on the two bills last for close to seven hours.

Both will now return to the Knesset’s Constitution, Law, and Justice Committee for debate, in anticipation of their second and third readings, which they must clear to become law.

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