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Knesset begins readying controversial ombusdman bill

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The Knesset Constitution Committee has begun preparing a bill to change the process of electing an ombudsman for Israel's court system. The proposed law would shift the power to elect the ombudsman from the justice minister and supreme court chief justice to the Knesset, requiring a majority of 70 members in a discreet vote. Critics argue that this could politicize the position and undermine public trust in the ombudsman's investigations. Supporters argue that the 70 MK majority and discreet vote would ensure enough agreement across the aisle to retain public trust. The bill aims to prevent a future situation where there is a lack of an ombudsman.

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