[H]is spokeswoman said that Ramon "will not support the appointment of any rabbinical judge who calls for refusing military orders".... Ramon has been saying that he is against appointing rabbis from the religious-Zionist camp because of their rightist political views.Clearly, this excuse is bunk and scandalous on every level. Firstly, the rabbinical judges rule on family matters (marriage, divorce etc.) and on issues of conversion and personal status -- nothing to do with disengagement, so why is this a criterion? Secondly, there may be some national religious who have called for refusing military orders, but the haredim don't go to the army at all; to imply that they are better/more loyal citizens, and therefore more deserving of a place in the state's courts, is simply ridiculous.
It's unclear what Ramon has to gain here, other than petty revenge on a group whose politics he dislikes -- the article isn't clear on what he got 'in return,' as the Haredim's part of the deal. Presumably, support in the Knesset for something or other (it would be useful to know).
What is clear is who is going to lose: women. I've written in the past about how essential it is that the National Religious judges are properly represented on the Rabbinic Courts in order to protect women. By actively preventing a more balanced and diverse court from forming, Ramon is actively contributing to the suffering of countless women, and helping reinforce a stultified, wildly unpopular system. Perhaps this is his plan: the more unhappy people are with the religious establishment, the more votes the parties of the Left are likely to pick up. That's frankly the only rationale I can think of, although he would do well to heed Labor MK Yuli Tamir: "Ramon will stain the entire Labor Party if his vote leads to the appointment of judges who harm women.... the women won't forgive us for it. I hope Ramon understands the severity of what he is doing."
Ultimately, there is only one criterion that should be used to determine who should sit on a court: who will give a fair and just judgement. Politics should be left at the door. And deciding who sits on the Rabbinical Court should be taken out of the hands of political hacks.