The Knesset is unlikely to pass a bill Wednesday that would shorten the three-year cooling-off period currently required for high-ranking former security officials before they enter politics.
The legislation, sponsored by Yesh Atid MK Yaakov Peri, a former head of the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), has been unofficially referred to as the “Benny Gantz bill” after the recently retired IDF chief of staff. The bill was rejected on Sunday by the ministerial committee on legislation.
A Likud spokesman said the party opposes the bill because it is against personal legislation, not because of Gantz or anyone else potentially impacted by it. But Peri accused the Likud of being “afraid of generals entering politics.”