Lapid Vows to Fight Override Law

By Hamodia Staff

Outgoing Israeli Prime Minister and Head of the Yesh Atid party Yair Lapid. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

YERUSHALAYIM — In order to pass the proposed Override Law, which would give the Knesset power by a simple majority to override High Court rulings that cancel legislation it deems unconstitutional, the incoming coalition will first have to override the opposition of Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party and its allies.

Outgoing prime minister Lapid fired a shot at the incoming government led by Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday, vowing they will fight the Override Law and other changes in the national balance of power.

Yesh Atid members met Sunday morning with Israel Democracy Institute expert Prof. Suzie Navot and other civil society figures in a discussion about how the proposed override clause “causes critical harm to Israeli citizens, to their day-to-day lives and basic rights,” a statement from Yesh Atid said.

“We have no intention of staying silent while the incoming government attempts to run roughshod over the law-abiding, taxpaying and army-serving public,” Lapid said, according to the party statement. “We are not their pushovers. We won’t let them normalize criminality.

“The incoming government is trying to change the rules,” Lapid added. “Their message is, ‘We are permitted to do everything.’”

Meanwhile, Knesset Speaker Mickey Levy reportedly plans to hold up the appointment of his successor, a move that could delay the swearing-in of a Likud-led coalition.

The right-wing bloc had reportedly planned to replace Levy quickly in order to gain control of the Knesset’s legislative agenda and quickly pass several key laws, including legislation that would allow the appointment of Rabbi Deri as a minister.

Without such legislation, the parties in the right-wing bloc will not be able to swear in a new government with Rabbi Deri serving as minister.

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