Information Centers for the Public9/1/2001
The Central Elections Committee is operating telephone information centers for clarifications for the public concerning their right to vote and the location of their polling station.
Operating times of the Telephone Information Centers:
When calling, please provide your first name, family name, and ID number.
Fax number for the hearing impaired: 1-800-200-130
Telephone calls to the Telephone Information Centers are toll-free.
The broadcasting schedule of the campaign for the special elections for Prime Minister, as decided on by the Central Elections Committee Plenum
At their first meeting on Sunday, December 31st, 2000, the Central Elections Committee for the 16th Knesset and for Prime Minister, chaired by Supreme Court Judge Mishael Heshin, determined the broadcasting schedule for the election campaign on television and radio, to begin on Tuesday, January 16, 2001.
Representatives of the political parties and the Israel Broadcasting Authority reached agreement on the broadcasting schedule of the campaign on television (Channel 1) and radio.
However, the representatives of the political parties, of Channel 2 and of the broadcasting licensees did not reach an agreement as to the schedule for campaign broadcasts on Channel 2.
The representatives of Channel 2 and the broadcasting licensees requested that the broadcasting of the election campaign on Channel 2 be between 19:00-19:15 or 19:35-19:55. They claimed that otherwise the broadcasting schedule would be severely damaged.
The representatives of the parties, MK Ophir Pines (One Israel) and MK Michael Eitan (Likud) demanded that the election broadcasts on Channel 2 be between 20:35-20:55.
No agreement was reached between the sides, despite the intervention of the Chairman of the Central Elections Committee. Judge Mishael Heshin therefore decided that the campaign broadcasts on Channel 2 take place Sunday through Thursday between 19:35-19:55.
The Chairman of the Central Elections Committee stated that his decision also took into account the arguments of former Chairmen of the Central Election Committee, Supreme Court Judge Theodore Or (Chairman of the 14th Knesset Elections Committee) and Supreme Court Judge Eliyahu Mazza (Chairman of the 15th Knesset Elections Committee), who published their detailed and reasoned decisions on a similar issue in a pamphlet on the elections for the 14th and 15th Knessets.
Judge Mishael Heshin wrote in his decision: "I have based my decision on my colleagues considerations as well as my own. I will say further that time is short and for this reason also - particularly for this reason - I will not elaborate as did my colleagues in their decisions".
The campaign broadcasts will begin on Tuesday, January 16, 2001 and will end on Monday, February 5th, 2001 at 19:00.
Each candidate for Prime Minister will be allowed 120 minutes for radio broadcast, 120 minutes for television broadcast on Channel 1, and 120 minutes on Channel 2.
It was further decided that each television broadcast in Hebrew will be not shorter than two minutes and will not exceed five minutes, and in Arabic will be not shorter than one minute and will not exceed five minutes.
Each radio broadcast in Hebrew, Arabic and Russian will be not less than two minutes and will not exceed five minutes.
The broadcasting schedule:Television:
Channel 1 - Hebrew broadcasts
Sunday through Thursday: 21:30-21:50 (after the news)
Exception: The campaign broadcast on Tuesday will begin after the broadcast of the Lottery results.
Exception: Due to the broadcast of an international basketball game, the campaign broadcast on Thursday, February 1, 2001 will be different than usual and will take place either before the basketball game or during the intermission. The sides will be in contact and I will accept their decision or will decide in the event of disagreement.
Saturday Night: 19:30-19:50
Channel 2 - Hebrew broadcast
Channel 1 - Arabic broadcast
Channel 2 - Arabic broadcast
The Voice of Israel (radio) - Hebrew broadcast
The Voice of Israel (radio) Arabic broadcast
The Voice of Israel (radio) Russian broadcast
Each television broadcast in Hebrew will be not less than two minutes and will not
exceed five minutes, and in Arabic it will be not less than one minute and will
not exceed five minutes. Each radio broadcast in Hebrew, Arabic and Russian
will be not less than two minutes and will not exceed five minutes.
Mutual commitment by the Likud and One Israel to remove illegal election campaign signs from roads and towns9/1/2001
Chairman of the Central Elections Committee, Supreme Court Judge Mishael Heshin discussed today a petition by the One Israel Faction against the Likud Faction regarding signs along inter-urban highways in contravention of the Elections Law (campaigning) and the Roads Law (signposts) 1966.
The representatives of the Likud Faction said at the meeting that they would remove all illegal signs from the sides of inter-urban highways and in towns throughout the country by 20:00.
At the same time Judge Heshin received a commitment from the representatives of One Israel to remove their campaign signs from the sides of the roads throughout the country.
The discussion on the petition will resume tonight at 22:00.
Chairman of the Central Elections Committee denies Shinui Faction's petition to prohibit the use in the current election campaign of David Rubinger's well-known 1967 photograph, "Paratroopers at the Western Wall"7/1/2001
Central Elections Committee Chairman, Supreme Court Judge Mishael Heshin, yesterday denied Shinui Faction's petition to prohibit the use of David Rubinger's well-known 1967 photograph, "Paratroopers at the Western Wall" in the campaign for Election of the Prime Minister.
Claiming that the photograph is being used illegally, the Shinui Faction requested that public display of the photograph be prohibited until Election Day. Shinui also argued that the paratrooper in the photograph, Dr. Yitzhak Yifaat, did not give his permission to use the photograph for political purposes.
In his judgement denying the petition, Judge Heshin refuted the claim that Dr. Yitzhak Yifaat did not give his permission to use the photograph for political purposes and that the publicity is causing him damage.
"...The difference of opinion between Dr. Yifaat and the groups that are using his photograph - illegally as he claims - fall within the realm of civil law, and should therefore be resolved by the authorized court … the doors of the courts are open to Dr. Yifaat, and it is not for me to give judgement on his opposition to the use of his photograph", wrote the Judge.
As for the claim that the use of the well-known photograph "Paratroopers at the Western Wall" may give the impression that the IDF is associated with a particular party or candidate, Judge Heshin stated:
"...it would be wrong, in my opinion, to describe the photograph as one that may give the impression that the IDF is associated with one of the candidates. The uniqueness of the photograph - and everyone will agree that the photograph is unique - is not related to the IDF. The photograph is of four soldiers, but there is no need to study it deeply to know that the main essence of the picture is the look in the soldiers' eyes; their look of wonder, surprise, an emotional expression of longing and yearning. Even though the main characters in the photograph are in uniform, the essence is not the uniforms but rather the expression in their eyes, an expression that only comes once, you could say it is the expression of the renewal of Israel".
This photograph of "Paratroopers at the Western Wall" writes Judge Heshin in his decision, "is a unique photograph that was taken from the IDF long ago - if it ever was their property - to become the property of the entire nation".
Chairman of the Central Elections Committee, Supreme Court Judge Mishael Heshin, denied today a petition by Attorney Dr. Shmuel Saadia of Tel Aviv, to declare that MK Ariel Sharon cannot be included in the list of candidates for Prime Minister.7/1/2001
Judge Heshin wrote in his response that on Sunday December 27th, 2000 the Central Elections Committee found MK Ariel Sharon eligible for candidacy as Prime Minister.
"...Despite every effort, I found no authority… to refuse to recognize MK Ariel Sharon's eligibility as candidate in the elections for Prime Minister for the reasons stated in your letter," wrote Judge Heshin.
Judge Heshin added that, without giving an opinion regarding the petition itself, it seems that neither the Elections Committee nor its Chairman have the authority to accede to such a request and the petition is therefore denied.
Dr. Saadia claimed that since MK Sharon was considered unsuitable to serve as Minister of Defense - he is definitely unsuitable to serve as Prime Minister. Dr. Saadia therefore requested Judge Heshin to rule that MK Sharon not be included in the list of candidates for Prime Minister.
As stated, Judge Heshin denied the petition.
Information for journalists covering the Elections Committee:7/1/2001
a. According to the special voters register there will be 7786 ballot boxes throughout Israel during the elections. (an increase of 221 ballot boxes as opposed to the previous voters register).
b. The largest quantity of ballot boxes (664) will be in the area of Petach Tikva (an increase of 24 ballot boxes).
c. Additional information on the distribution of ballot boxes according to areas:
Yehuda - 260 ballot boxes - increase of 12 ballot boxes
Emek Yizrael - 468 ballot boxes - increase of 14 ballot boxes
Akko - 529 ballot boxes - increase of 15 ballot boxes
Sharon (Netanya) - 397 ballot boxes - increase of 15 ballot boxes
Ramla - 269 ballot boxes - increase of 14 ballot boxes
Ashkelon - 528 ballot boxes - increase of 26 ballot boxes
Beer Sheva - 650 ballot boxes -increase of 22 ballot boxes
The Public Works Council and the Ministry of the Environment will begin strict enforcement of the Roads Law (signs) 1966, from January 7th, 20013/1/2001
A meeting to discuss how to effectively enforce the Elections Law (campaigning) and the Roads Law (signs) 1966 was held on Wednesday, January 3rd, 2001 in the office of the Chairman of the Central Elections Committee, Supreme Court Judge Mishael Heshin. The meeting was called in response to requests by the Committee's vice chairmen and representatives of the candidates: MK Ophir Pines-Paz (One Israel) and MK Michael Eitan (Likud).
Elections Law (campaigning) allows posting campaign signs only on advertisement boards intended for that purpose and prohibits posting campaign signs on buildings, fences or roads.
The Penal Code states that criminal liability for signs posted illegally lies also on whoever is referred to in the sign itself as the one who ordered the sign or ordered it to be posted.
The Signs Law prohibits posting signs on inter-urban highways including bridges or other objects that can be seen by those driving on the highways.
The criminal liability for posting signs on inter-urban highways in contravention of the Roads Law (signs) 1966, lies with the political party which owns the sign and any person who is a manager or an employee of the political party that is responsible for posting the signs.
Also attending the meeting were the Chairmen of the candidates' campaign headquarters: MK Elie Goldschmidt (One Israel), MK Meir Sheetrit (Likud); representatives of the Police, the Ministry of the Environment and the Public Works Council.
The representatives of the candidates agreed to do everything in their power to make sure that the Elections Law (campaigning) is honored and that campaign signs be posted only on advertisement boards intended for this purpose. The summary of the meeting will be sent to all those involved in the matter.
It was decided that the Public Works Council would immediately remove any sign that endangers drivers on inter-urban highways and that complaints would be filed.
It was further decided that from Sunday, January 7th, 2001 the Ministry of the Environment and the Public Works Council will begin to submit complaints to the Chairman of the Central Elections Committee if the parties disregard their requests to remove the illegal signs from the sides of the roads.
The Chairman of the Central Elections Committee will look into the complaints immediately.
Judge Mishael Heshin made it clear to those attending the meeting that the law enables the Chairman of the Central Elections Committee to impose large fines on those who violate the Elections Law (campaigning) and the Roads Law (Signs).
For the first time, battered women in shelters can vote on Election Day in ballots that are not in the area where they reside24/12/2000
For the first time, women living in shelters for battered women will be able to vote on Election Day in ballot stations outside of their normal area of residence. The women will be able to vote at any of the approximately 300 special ballot stations around the country set up for people of limited mobility who cannot vote at their official voting stations.
The location of these ballots will be advertised on the bulletin board in all towns and villages.
The women's vote will be cast in a double envelope.