National Union Wins State Control Committee Chair (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Gabe Kahn 05/15/12)
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MK Uri Ariel (National Union) was appointed late Monday as chairman
of the Knesset´s State Control Committee by a vote of 10-2.
During the meeting MK Amir Peretz (Labor) opposed Ariel´s appointment
saying the Likud-led coalition was attempting to divide the
Amir simultaneously claimed that he was the one who should get the
nomination on the grounds that Ariel "represents a small party that
does not cooperate with the opposition."
The Labor party, now headed by leftist ideologue MK Shelly
Yachimovitch, has assumed leadership of the opposition in the wake of
Kadima joining the government.
MK Dov Henin (Hadash) also attacked Ariel´s appointment to head the
State Control Committee, saying "The coalition decided to appoint the
representative for the opposition itself, rather than letting the
opposition choose its representative."
"This is something serious and unbecoming in a democracy," Henin went
on. "Speaking for most of the opposition parties – except the
National Union – I hereby announce this cannot go unchecked and we
will struggle against the dangerous precedent."
Coalition Chairman MK Zeev Elkin (Likud) rejected criticism of
Ariel´s appointment as "shabby and pitiful" maneuvering by the left.
"Labor voluntarily gave up the State Control Committee," Elkin
said. "It cannot now demand it be returned, claiming that the
chairmanship of the State Control Committee is of the utmost
importance to them."
"We recommend that Labor read the Knesset Rules before making
ridiculous complaints," he added.
Labor, under former party chairman Ehud Barak, was a member of Prime
Minister Binyamin Netanyahu´s coaliton. However, many Labor lawmakers
refused to vote with the coalition on divisive issues.
The resulting tensions led to a schism in the Labor ranks. Barak –
who holds the powerful defense portfolio – formed the Independence
party and remained in the coalition with five seats. Meanwhile, Labor
departed for the opposition with ten seats.
Observers note Ariel, following Kadima´s entry to the coalition, said
the National Union would consider joining the Likud-run
government "if the conditions are right" vis-a-vis government policy
in Judea and Samaria. (IsraelNationalNews © 2012 05/15/12)
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