One for you and one for me: Central Elections Committee bans Zoabi, Marzelvote to ban Marzel was much closer 17-16. Zoabi's ban is likely to be overturned by Israel's Leftist 'Supreme Court.'
Zoabi said following the vote that the High Court would "have its say," on the decision. "I did not have high expectations that most of the members of the Elections Committee would follow the fundamental rules of democracy that they are bound by. This is a political committee in a Knesset that has a majority of right-wingers and racists," she said.Israel's 'Supreme Court' has nothing against terror supporters, and Zoabi is likely to be reinstated.
"There is no legitimate, legal basis to disqualify me, as was made clear by the attorney-general and previous High Court decisions on attempts to unseat me as a representative of the Arab public," she added.
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman, whose Yisrael Beytenu party initiated the petition, said after the decision that Zoabi's place was clearly not in the Knesset, but rather with the "Hamas terrorists in Gaza."
Liberman said he hoped the High Court would not allow a "supporter of terrorists, including those on the Mavi Marmara to run in Knesset elections in the Jewish state."
Central Election Committee chairman and Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein both came out against the move, arguing that such disqualifications undesirably get the High Court involved in the political process. However, Likud, Bayit Yehudi, Yisrael Beytenu, Shas, Yachad and the Zionist Union supported disqualifying Zoabi.
Oh, and by the way, the Chairman of the Central Election Committee is a retired Israeli Arab Supreme Court judge (Salim Jubran) who has said that he could never sing our national anthem.
What could go wrong?