Two Knesset members, Ronit Tirosh (Kadima) and Carmel Shama (Likud) have proposed bills that would impose what is called here a “cooling off” period before journalists can enter politics. This cooling off period is already in place for IDF officers, and the idea is to “encourage” people to keep their minds on their jobs instead of making decisions that will help them in their political career.
The cooling off period is set to be six months to a year. Personally I think it is a great idea – although I think the time period should be longer. It is a sad commentary on the state of both journalism and the IDF that these laws need to be passed. Objectivity and professionalism should be the norm.