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Israel Election: The President Granted a License to the Leader of the Gang

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President Reuven Rivlin didn’t scare Public Security Minister Amir Ohana (Likud) when he explained that “There are also ethical considerations, which I don’t know whether a president has the authority to consider, or whether they’re related to the Supreme Court.” Such threats should be made in the language of the person being threatened, and not in a foreign language, otherwise they have no validity. If, for example, Rivlin had said “I’m going to do in Netanyahu because he’s a criminal,” Ohana would probably have been more impressed. That’s how they talk in the Mafia.

Rivlin is well aware of his powers. He was not required to grant the mandate to the person with the most recommendations, the person who heads the largest party, or even to the person who presumably has the best chance of forming a government. The ritual of the pilgrimage of the party representatives to the President’s Residence takes place because the law requires him to consult with them. But it’s consultation only – if he so desires, he can accept the recommendation; if not, then not. This power is very broad, and does not obligate the president to........

© Haaretz

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