Shaked Opposes Bill Preventing Netanyahu From Forming Gov’t

YERUSHALAYIM -
Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked (Yamina) announced Wednesday that she would not vote for Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar’s bill that would prevent an indicted MK from forming a government.

The bill would apply to those indicted for a crime punishable by a three-year sentence. That would include former Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who has been indicted for bribery.

“The attorney-general cannot decide who will be prime minister,” Shaked said at a conference of local authorities in Modi’in.

Meanwhile, Joint List head MK Ayman Odeh responded that his faction could more than make up for Shaked’s opposition to the bill.

”Shaked has only one vote and we have six,” Odeh wrote on social media, urging Sa’ar to bring it to a vote next week.

The bill will not be voted on until after the passage of the state budget.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and the Ra’am faction have not announced whether they will support the bill.