A lot of excitement went on behind the scenes in the Knesset this past week that was completely missed by almost all of the Israeli press.
The Knesset voted this week on who its representatives would be on the Judicial Appointments Committee.
The JAC is composed of 9 members, including an MK from the government and an MK from the opposition.
The makeup of this committee is important, as Israel will soon be selecting new Supreme Court justices, and this is a unique opportunity to open up the Supreme Court to justices who do not exclusively follow in the footsteps of Aharon Barak's far left and judicial activism policies - something the Supreme Court has been stacked with these past years.
The Knesset voted for the candidates in a secret ballot.
Representing the opposition candidates were Kadima's Roni Bar-On and Ichud Leumi's Uri Ariel.
Leading up to the elections, Kadima was loudly claiming that the opposition candidate selected must come from the largest opposition party in the Knesset.
This led to the absurd situation where Likud's Ruby Rivlin stated that he would vote for the left-wing Kadima's candidate. Ditto for Likud's Michael Eitan, and possibly Benny Begin too!
This led to other horse-trading back-door deals with the religious parties regarding the committee appointees for the religious courts.
In short, the left-wing Kadima party's candidate should have been a shoe-in, which meant the opportunity to finally balance the Judiciary would have been much more difficult, if not impossible.
But among other things, and unlike Kadima's claim, opposition candidates only came from the largest opposition party 3 times in the past 17 Knessets - and not every time as they claimed.
In the end, everyone started accusing of Kadima of lying and breaking the back-door deals (Bayit Yehudi's candidate suffered a surprise loss to UTJ's in the religious court committee) - which ultimately backfired and resulted in the Kadima candidate losing.
But again, that isn't the whole story of what actually went on behind the scenes.
This committee selection was actually going to happen very quietly. Kadima's candidate was a done deal, and the Right was actually going to throw away the opportunity to unstack the Judicial deck.
Until along came activist Susie Dym with her Mattot Arim organization, and started ringing the fire bells.
She woke up the Likud MKs to the real facts and significance of the vote.
But more importantly, she woke up the citizens and got them involved.
In the period of a few hours, relevant Likud Knesset members received a tremendous number SMSes demanding that they do not vote for the Left wing parties candidate in the opposition.
In fact, they received so many (rumor has it at more than 100,000), the Likud MKs contacted Susie Dym, and begged her to get her activists to stop SMSing (which she did).
Sources indicate, that more than anything else, it was this Shock&Awe SMS campaign that woke up the Likud Mks to the importance of this vote, and for voting the right way.
Concerned Citizen Activism at its best.
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