|Thursday, December 10, 2009
|Weekly Commentary: The 3A Booby Trap Must Be Removed From Referendum Law
Weekly Commentary: The 3A Booby Trap Must Be removed From Referendum Law
Dr. Aaron Lerner Date: 10 December 2009
Media coverage of the proposed law requiring a national referendum in the
Here is a rough translation:
"Despite what is written in Paragraph 3(A), if the Knesset approved the
The explanatory commentary accompanying the proposed law takes the position
But - and this could be a very big but - nothing would stop a ruling
In fact, since the prime minister has absolute control over the agenda of
And this when, no doubt, the prime minister would be facing tremendous world
Hardly. And the media would no doubt praise the prime minister for "acting
So let's assume for a moment that a newly elected Government brought to
What does the country gain by requiring a cabinet vote?
Let's think this through:
By definition we would have a new prime minister heading a ruling coalition
So which scenario would better serve Israel's interests?
That the new prime minister can tell the world that his "hands are tied" by
That the new prime minister has to raise his own hand to cancel an agreement
That's a no brainer.
Here's an idea.
Instead of dropping the referendum in the instance that there are elections,
Dr. Aaron Lerner, Director IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)
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