Controversial Israeli Bill becomes Law: Bars Police from Releasing Indictment Recommendations
A controversial bill many argue is anti-democratic and others reject as being aimed at saving Prime Minister Netanyahu from his myriad legal woes has been signed into law after successfully passing its second and third readings in parliament in the early hours of Thursday morning after a 43-hour filibuster by opposition lawmakers ended. The “Recommendations Bill,” which restricts the way police publicly comment on indictment recommendations in cases dealing with officials, was initially intended to shield incumbent prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu as he battles multiple corruption investigations and would be required to step down if indicted. But by the time the draft legislation reached the parliament’s plenum, it was established that Netanyahu would not have any benefit from the legislation. In fact, many argued that the measure had been so completely de-fanged that nothing will materially change. Nevertheless, immediately after the vote, at least three appeals to the High Court of Justice were filed, each asking that the bill be quashed. Although the bill’s sponsors deny it was created to protect Prime Minister Netanyahu, and the prime minister declared that it would not be applicable to his own situation, opponents have steadfastly charged that the measure is another indication of the PM’s abuse of power.