More Security Asked for Election Panel Amid Controversial Decision

By Shmuel Smith

Former Yamina MK Amichai Chikli. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

YERUSHALAYIM — A day after President Isaac Herzog decried the violent tone of the political campaign, a Meretz MK asked for increased security protection for members of the Central Election Committee being subject to a wave of abuse over a controversial decision this week.

MK Gaby Lasky sent a letter on Thursday to Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar, Public Security Minister Omer Bar-Lev and Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara requesting more protection for committee chairman Justice Yitzchak Amit and other justices on the panel.

The committee’s ruling that former Yamina MK Amichai Chikli will not be allowed to run with Likud in the November 1 election triggered an angry reaction, which Lasky termed “unprecedented incitement against [the] justices running amok on the web.”

The disqualification was based on the timing of his resignation, which Chairman Amit held should have been closer to the date of his departure from the party. Amit said that the 50 days Chikli took before tendering his formal resignation was an unreasonable amount of time.

“The phenomena that the president spoke about are directed against the chair of the Central Elections Committee… and the justices,” Lasky wrote in her letter.

Herzog on Wednesday night expressed concern about the rising political temperature, and implored the country to “not let the voices of extremism and violence lead us into an abyss of hatred.”

The left-wing Meretz party had submitted the petition to disqualify Chikli from running.

Chikli himself called the CEC’s decision “bizarre and political…an unparalleled injustice.”

Likud said on Thursday that it would appeal the ruling to the High Court.

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