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Menny Mazuz made head of senior appointments panel over right-wing objections

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The cabinet on Sunday approved the appointment of former Supreme Court justice and attorney general Menachem Mazuz, 67, as chairman of the Senior Appointments Advisory Committee, despite furious objections from the opposition as well as some members of the coalition.

The appointment has particular significance at present due to the interim government’s intention to appoint a new IDF chief of staff, which will need the approval of the appointments committee. Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara recently approved the idea of selecting a new army chief despite the government’s transitional status, citing major security challenges.

Mazuz replaces previous chairman Eliezer Goldberg, who passed away in March, and will serve for an eight-year period.

The selection of the liberal Mazuz was bitterly opposed by right-wing parties in the opposition who objected to the veteran jurist on political grounds, and further insisted that an interim government not engage in appointments to key positions.

Yamina leader and Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked had called on Alternate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett to veto Mazuz’s appointment, as was his........

© The Times of Israel

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