A major obstacle to the appointment of Herzl (Herzi) Halevi as the next top commander of the Israeli military was removed on Friday after the High Court for Justice called into question the government's controversial nomination of a former Supreme Court justice to a powerful vetting board the day before.
The justices unanimously annulled the nomination of former Supreme Court Justice Menachem Mazuz to the Senior Appointments Advisory Committee which vets the appointments of senior Israeli office holders.
The panel ruled that a permanent appointment for Mazuz would be inappropriate during an election campaign and allowed him to hold office only for Halevi's vetting instead of a full eight-year term as requested by the government and approved by Attorney General Gali Baharav-Miara. Mazuz rejected the offer.
Elyakim Rubinstein, a former vice president of the Supreme Court and attorney general, has agreed to temporarily man the position in Mazuz's stead.