Wednesday’s session of less than 8 hours was jam packed. The Knesset discussed 10 of the 14 bills scheduled for the day. Five were passed in their preliminary readings, one was turned into a motion and four were withdrawn and placed in limbo, to join the four other bills that were not discussed. The Knesset discussed 11 of the 14 motions passing seven of them to other committees and defeating one. Three motions were not voted on and shared the fate of the other three motions that were not discussed. Four different ministers answered queries at different points in the session and an MK was thrown out of the plenum for sitting in Interior Minister Yishai’s chair.
Urgent Queries for Culture and Sport Minister Livnat (Likud)
MK Horovitz (Meretz) was not present and Speaker Rivlin read out his urgent query on the closing of the library and community centers in Kiryat Shemona. MK Shemtov (Y.B.) was forcibly thrown out of the plenum for sitting in Eli Yishai’s seat and refusing to leave. MK Orbach (J.H.) asked if the mayor can be penalized for not attending or sending a representative. MK Vaknin (Shas) asked why the library can’t be moved to a different public building, such as the Religious Council building. MK Miller (Y.B.) suggested that Livnat meet with the education and interior ministers and they solve this problem once and for all.
The minister answered that the community centers are part of the education ministry but she revealed that they are in a nine million shekel debt due to bad management. She said the library, which is in her jurisdiction, has a debt of over 100,000 shekels and therefore was closed. The library is also located in one of the community centers in debt, so the issue is complicated to resolve. Livnat added that the Mayor of Kiryat Shemona chose not to attend a special Education Committee meeting on resolving the issue. Livnat assured she would either bail out the library when the community center issue is resolved or she will find a new home for the library. She reminded the public that they can borrow books for free from all public libraries around the country. Livnat expressed frustration that she can’t punish local councils who misuse public money and hopes the citizens kick them out in the next elections.
Urgent Queries for Environment Minister Erdan (Likud)
MK Yoel Hasson (Kadima) asked about the decision to cancel plans for the Palmachim resort. MK Chanin (Chadash) expressed his support for Erdan’s decision.
The minister said he stands by his decision to cancel the plans for a resort and transfer the land to a green area with a public beach. Erdan said that the investors of the resort will be reimbursed for their troubles.
Amendment on the Consumer Protection Bill
MK Itzick (Kadima) explained that the amendment she co-sponsored with MK Okunis (Likud) will force companies to refund purchased goods at no extra cost in cases where the cancellation of the transaction occurs before the customer receives the goods purchased.
MK Okunis (Likud) called the amendment an American bill. He expressed hope this will slowly bring the country towards a full American returned goods policy.
Deputy Industry and Trade Minister Noked (Labor) supported the amendment that would allow a person to receive a full refund within 30 days of the purchase. She stressed that the amendment will not include people who ordered services and will only include goods purchased. Noked added that the government wants the MKs to hold up the bill in the Finance Committee for three months before it is brought up again for voting.
MK Cabel (Labor) accused MK Okunis of stealing his bill and blamed everyone for supporting his isolation of this bill. He said that that it is not acceptable and said that he is not whining for nothing. Cabel called for justice and demanded a meeting in the House Committee on the issue. He revealed that he was insulted by MK Okunis when they had a four-eye meeting on the subject.
MK Okunis defended the bill and said that the proposed amendment was first proposed by Ariel Sharon in twelve years ago and Cabel should stop whining.
The bill passed its preliminary reading 52-0 with MK Cabel abstaining and the bill was sent to the Finance Committee.
Amendment on the Elections to the Knesset Bill
MK Itzick explained the amendment would change the way polling committee members vote. The current law states that polling committee members are not allowed to vote in the polling station they are working at and must vote where they live. Most times this results in the committee members not voting because as part of their job they are not allowed to drive home and vote. The amendment will allow them to vote in the polling station that they are working at.
Bureaucracy Minister Eitan (Likud) expressed the government support for the bill that will raise the percentages of the voting in elections. He added that hopefully the elections will become electronic in the future and that will make it even easier. He said he disagreed with the other ministers in the government that are against this bill.
The bill passed its preliminary reading 48-0 and was sent to the House Committee.
Amendment on the Conditional Subsidies for Capital Investment in Research and Development Work Bill
MK Yachomovitz (Labor) said that the amendment will only give government subsidies to companies which follow the law. She expressed disgust that companies that don’t follow the law receive subsidies and that she needs to create a law in order to enforce the issue. She condemned Yisrael Beitaynu for objecting to the law and hinted that they are influenced by the mafia.
After noticing she did not have enough votes to pass the bill in the room, Yachomovitz opted to pull the bill and vote on it later this month.
The Pre-hospital Emergency Medical Care Bill
MK Eldad (N.U.) said this is an urgent life and death bill which has been sitting 29 years in the health ministry’s hands, and they have not done anything to advance it. The bill will define the differences between a medic and a paramedic within the law and will stipulate that more experienced medical personal go on school trips. Eldad said that the last four Knessets all failed to pass the bill and current ministers Erdan and Simchon are among the MKs who has sponsored the bill throughout the last few years.
After noticing he did not have enough votes to pass the bill in the room, Eldad opted to pull the bill and vote on it later this month.
The Modeling Industry Weight Limit Bill
MK Adato (Kadima) explained that the new bill she co-sponsored with MK Danon (Likud) will prevent the modeling industry from hiring anorexic girls and girls with eating disorders. Speaker Rivlin asked how there can be an industry of models. Adato explained this would discourage young girls from developing unhealthy eating habits that can kill them.
Deputy Minister Noked said that the bill will even forbid using photoshop on pictures to present skinnier models. Noked expressed government support on the bill. Speaker Rivlin warned that this would put all the MKs at a disadvantage since their pictures would have to reflect the way they actually look.
The bill passed its preliminary reading 47-0 with one abstention and was sent to the House Committee in order to determine which committee will advance the bill.
Amendment on the Equal Rights for People with Disabilities Bill
MK Gilon (Meretz) was pleased that the government is supporting the first bill he has proposed over the last year and half since he took his seat. He explained that the amendment will postpone the deadline requirement for disabled people who want to qualify for handicapped parking passes.
Justice Minister Neaman expressed government support for the bill.
The bill passed its preliminary reading 41-0 and was sent to the Labor Committee.
Amendment on the State Education Bill/Motion
MK Bielski (Kadima) explained that the amendment would have all schools give a series of classes on traffic education. He accused the government of only objecting to the bill because he is in the opposition.
Education Minister Saar (Likud) said that allowing the Knesset to determine what the school curriculum is by legislating laws is a very dangerous slippery slope. He said that he also objected to a bill that would force every school to have a trip to Jerusalem for the same reason. He suggested that education curriculum be left to the professionals to decide and leave it out of the Knesset’s hands.
After noticing he did not have enough support, MK Bielksi chose to change the bill into a motion which passed 63-1 and was sent to the Education Committee.
Amendment Communications Bill
MK Shitrit (Kadima) explained that the amendment would prohibit cell phone companies from blocking phones that have been paid for but whose owners changed cell phone companies. Shitrit noted that Israel is the only country that allows such an immoral thing. Shitrit said his amendment would also prevent the cell phone companies from blocking outside applications such as Skype. Shitrit added that he was disappointed that the government is against the bill.
Minister Kachalon (Likud) said that it is a worthy bill and he respects MK Shitrit. However the bill in its current form will complicate issues, such as making kosher phones illegal. Kachalon said that he is preparing a similar bill that will also cover television and internet companies.
The bill was defeated 21-45.
Amendment on the Motor Vehicle Insurance Ordinance Bill
MK Kirshenbaum (Y.B.) said the amendment would lower the mandatory insurance component of motorcycle rates to 8%.
Deputy Finance Minister Cohen (Shas) expressed the government’s support for the bill as long as it is delayed three months in the committee.
MK Ze’ev (Shas) objected to the bill that would encourage more people to use motorcycles.
The bill passed its preliminary reading 32-0 with MK Ze’ev abstaining. The bill was sent to the Finance Committee.
Amendment on the Local Authorities Bill
MK Azulai (Shas) explained his amendment would place a term limit on legal advisers and treasurers working for city councils. He said it is unacceptable that the mayor can be replaced but other high level officials receive lifetime jobs.
After noticing he did not have enough votes to pass the bill in the room, Azulai opted to pull the bill and vote on it later this month.
- The four other bills that were supposed to be discussed were all pulled by their respective MKs. Amir Peretz’s amendment that would raise the minimum wage was among the four bills not discussed or voted upon.
Urgent Query to Deputy Finance Minister Cohen
MK Chanin asked if the State will benefit financially from the recent gas discoveries. He also asked if the company that discovered the gas deposits will cooperate with the government. Deputy Speaker Walhaba (Kadima) asked what the government will do from this becoming another matter that will strengthen the 19 families that control 49% of the country’s money.
The minister answered that anything is possible, that no decision has been made on the issue, and experts will be brought in to find solutions to the entire complicated situation.
Motion on the phenomenon of post-Zionism in the Israeli academia due to the results found in the report by the “Im Tirtzu” movement
MK Smalov-Berkovitz (Kadima) discussed the new sickness called “Palestinian-mania” where Israeli professors take post-Zionistic or anti-Zionistic stances and push pro-Palestinian agendas on to their students. The Im Tirtzu report explained that students were asked to follow news stories of legal cases against the military and in one case in Tel Aviv University; the professor took the students on frequent field trips with the left-wing “border watch” association and monitored soldier’s treatment of Palestinians at check points in Judea and Samaria. The report quotes one professor who routinely calls former Prime-Minister Ben-Gurion and other politicians’ names that include profanity and sick metaphors. The report illustrates the hundreds of professors who compare Judea and Samaria to a big waste of budget and the IDF as an occupying army that commits crime against humanity. Smalov-Berkovitz said she feared that if we don’t do anything to prevent it a generation of citizens who are being taught to hate the country will rise to power and erase the Jewish nature of Israel.
MK Amsalam (Shas) said that in a recent Education Committee meeting professors expressed hostility towards the IDF and signed petitions against soldiers serving in Judea and Samaria. Michael Gross, a professor from Ben-Gurion University, said openly in the committee that he and other department heads will not promote professors who are not liberal left-wing and they will not accept students who they know are openly right-wing. Gross added that high grades are only given to people who have acceptable political views. Amsalam said that it is unacceptable that the country budgets institutions that speak out against it and pay the salaries of people who wish to destroy it. He warned that if we don’t open up our eyes and do something now, it will be too late in the future.
MK Ariel (N.U.) said there are many Zionistic professors and the situation is probably 50-50 and not 10-90 as the other MKs predict. Ariel said that something must be done to prevent the anti-Zionists from becoming the majority.
Education Minister Sa’ar said he supported the motion and he plans to read the Im Tirtzu report. Sa’ar expressed the difficulty of maintaining freedom of expression when some professors have extreme views that are considered outside the bounds of legitimate public debate. He gave an example of an Israeli professor who is calling for an academic boycott of Israeli professors. Sa’ar said that the situation is unacceptable and something must be done against such people. Sa’ar agreed to take the issue seriously and monitor it very closely within the committee.
MK Chanin said he objected to the motion and called it a McCarthyism motion.
MK Ben-Ari (N.U.) said that as an academic and a professor he is disgusted by the leaders of Israeli academia today and hopes that something is done about changing that leadership.
The motion was passed 12-1 and sent to the Education Committee.
Deputy Speaker Walhaba controlled a debate that broke out between MK Chanin and the National Union MKs by calling Chanin to order twice.
Motion on the need to cease as soon as possible the teachers’ union strike before the phenomenon will be expanded to other sectors
MK Boim (Kadima) said he is against the upcoming strike but he does agree with all of their complaints. He demanded the education ministry pay teachers a higher salary in order to prevent the strike. He asked how a teacher of 20 years makes such a low salary of 7,000 shekels before taxes.
Minister Sa’ar said that he agrees with most of what MK Boim said. He feels for the teachers and is willing to make compromises that previous education ministers were not willing to do. He said that negotiations are going very well.
MK Ganem (Ra’am-Ta’al) talked about his experience as a former teacher and his experience that education ministry reforms are short lived until the next education minister. He did cite Sa’ar as a reason why the Arab bagrut level is 2% higher than last year.
The motion was passed 13-0 and sent to the Education Committee.
Motion on the justice system’s intervention in the Immanuel education system
MK Moses (U.T.J.) condemned the Supreme Court for intervening in private education. He reminded that just four sephardi Supreme Court judges have been appointed since the beginning of the State. Moses called the court hypocritical and anti-religious and reminded the room that the last country that intervened in private education was the former Soviet Union. Moses said that the last thing Israel needs in the aftermath of the flotilla is a big protest of chareidim against the country’s institutions. Moses warned that his community is willing to go to jail in order to stand for their right to choose who is in their classrooms.
Minister Sa’ar said that the education ministry supported the school’s position, but the Supreme Court chose to not accept the ministry’s position and go with the prosecution. Sa’ar said that although his ministry lost they accept defeat and suggest the school do that as well.
MK Gafni (U.T.J.) said that sephardi families will be sent to jail as well as ashkenazim and therefore the Supreme Court’s decision that it is a “race” issue is false. MK Horovitz (Meretz) interrupted Gafni’s speech by screaming at him until Walhaba regained order.
MK Ze’ev suggested that the Supreme Court visit Immanuel and see that they don’t understand the situation for themselves. He added that the Supreme Court’s decision to prevent Immanuel’s parents from sending their children to Bnei Brak has only fueled the fire. He feared that the Supreme Court is refusing creative solutions because they want this mess to explode.
MK Ben-Ari said that as a sephardi he can say this court ruling will not help anybody and will only make the situation worse.
MK Yoel Chasson (Kadima) called for an end to the separation of ashkenazi and sephardi schools.
MK Rotem (Y.B.) said the big rabbis are not with the school on this issue and called on the chareidi MKs to prevent their voters from ending up in jail.
The Knesset agreed to defeat the motion by not voting on it.
Motion on the relations between Israel and Turkey
MK Regev (Likud) said Turkey was supposed to be the bridge between Europe and Asia. Turkey was meant to be the moderate modern Muslim nation. Today, Turkey is one of Iran’s best friends. She suggested that Erdogan is afraid of losing his re-election bid in 2011. Erdogan is losing in the opinion polls and is attacking Israel in order to gain popularity. Regev suggested we buy time until the secular parties, which are first and third in the opinion polls, form a new government.
MK Eldad said that the flotilla is the symptom and not the illness. Eldad remembered when Iran was Israel’s friend and said it might only be a matter of time until Turkey joins Iran as one of Israel’s biggest enemies. He said that it is only a matter of time until the tanks that Israel sold Turkey will be sent as humanitarian aid to Gaza.
MK Yoel Chasson said that we shouldn’t jump to conclusions and end our relationship with Turkey. He suggested restraint and not igniting a flame.
MK Tzartzur (Ra’am-Ta’al) suggested that Israel end their cold peace treaties with Jordan and Egypt. He said the idea of punishing Turkey before they have done anything is ridiculous.
Deputy Prime Minister Yaalon (Likud) said that Turkey has always been friends with Israel. He said that although the flotilla has complicated things, he is not worried that the situation will escalate.
The Knesset agreed to defeat the motion by not voting on it.
Motion on the shooting attack against the police and border police near Hebron and Jerusalem
MK Ze’ev said that the previous governments assured us that if we would disengage from Gaza that if they shot rockets at Israel – we would fight back. Instead we give the stubborn enemy more concessions, ones that lead to Israeli deaths. He warned that Abu-Mazen is not in power but Hamas is. He said that Israelis are living under an illusion that everything is okay. He gave his condolences to the family of the murdered policeman who was to be married in three months.
MK Rotem gave condolences to the family of the murdered and recovery to the injured. Rotem said that Defense Minister Barak is responsible for the death. He cited the numbers from the Btzelem report that praised Barak’s removal of over 100 road blocks. Rotem asked how we can have a defense minister who does not defend us.
MK Eldad said that the El Aksa Brigade of Fatah took responsibility for the terrorist attack. Eldad said that if Abu-Mazen had brought the men responsible to justice, he could understand why Netanyahu is speaking to him. In the current climate Eldad asked why Netanyahu is speaking to the man who indirectly committed an act of terror against Israel. He reminded that by easing the road blocks, Jews die, not Arabs.
MK Cabel said his thoughts are with the injured. He expressed his vision for a two state solution with complete security for every Israeli citizen until we give the Palestinians the state they deserve.
MK Elkin (Likud) said that we can’t ease Palestinian lives when Jewish lives are being lost. He suggested building new roads for Israelis if they choose to lift road blocks.
MK Orlev (J.H.) said that by removing road blocks the message we are sending is that terrorism works. He said that this concession without receiving anything in return is worthless and costs lives.
Deputy Prime Minister Yaalon refused to respond to the motion and said this is a matter for the Defense Minister and not him.
MK Tzartzur said that the settlers in Hebron are there against international law and the settlers and soldiers who protect them should not be surprised when bad things happen to them. MK Ben-Ari screamed at Tzarztur telling him he should be ashamed of himself for disgracing the dead. Deputy Speaker Miller almost threw out Ben-Ari.
MK Ben-Ari said that Jews have been in Hebron for thousands of years and will stay there forever. He said that MK Tzartur had some nerve to disgrace all the men and women who died for Hebron.
The motion was passed 10-1 and sent to the Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee.
Motion on the Jews who visit the Kotel are risking their lives
MK Moses said that because people can’t enter the Old City with their cars, they end up endangering their lives. He gave an example of a woman who had rocks thrown at her when she was forced to park on the eastern side of the city. He gave another example from the day after with the same result. He also talked about the desecration of the Mount of Olives cemetery by Arabs who live in the area. Moses called on the police to secure the Kotel from those who do not want Jews to visit the most important site to them.
MK Ben-Ari said there was no reason to give his speech because the Homeland Security Minister did not bother to show up, and when he does show he just reads off what his secretaries wrote for him. He chose to criticize the minister’s decision to cancel the monthly Rosh Chodesh walk around the walls of the Old City due to security concerns. Ben-Ari condemned the policemen who refuse to interfere in affairs in the Muslim quarter of the Old City because they say it is not on their side.
Deputy Prime Minister Yaalon answered that until the flotilla, violence was low in the Old City. He expressed his feeling that things will slowly return to normal.
MK Michaeli (Shas) said that the issue is in discussion in the Interior Committee and suggested that the motion be sent there.
The motion was passed 10-1 and sent to the Interior Committee.
Motion on the Treasury plan to tackle the real estate bubble
MK Shama (Likud) said that young couples are pressuring every government committee on this issue. He suggested the Treasury not play a long term game and come up with immediate solutions. He said the Treasury’s plan will only begin in two years. He demanded that the Treasury Minister use some guts and take a risk for a shorter term solution.
MK Swed (Chadash) said the real estate demand in Israel is 100,000 units and the Treasury suggests adding 15,000 this year. Swed said this is a plan that does not answer what happens when next year the demand stands at 200,000.
MK Amar (Y.B.) said that the lack of an immediate solution to this housing crisis must be found before the current houses raise their prices.
MK Tzartzur said the Arab sector has a more severe housing crisis than the Jews do. He warned if Israel did not solve the Arab problem first it would be another sin of the Israeli government against their Arab minority.
MK Ketzeleh (N.U.) said that unlike the American housing crisis where there are millions of empty houses, in Israel there is not one empty house. He said that the settlement freeze is the cause of the housing crisis.
MK Gilon said that he agreed with all of the speakers except Ketzeleh. He said the solution is taking the people that have empty houses and forcing them to sell them, especially rich Americans. Gilon added that the country needs to build more houses anyway in order to place the settlers in new houses after we kick them out.
MK Peretz (Labor) said we don’t need to cheapen the existing apartments. He said that a real estate bubble is when the price of the apartment does not reflect the real prices. He suggested the government determines prices and keeps them there.
MK Gafni said he disagreed with the privatization and small government that Netanyahu created when he was finance minister. He blamed the other religious parties for that policy that continues until today. Gafni said that he made compromises as a chairman of a committee but he gained important things out of it. He doesn’t know what Israel gained out of the privatization besides the real estate bubble.
Deputy Finance Minister Cohen said that the real estate bubble in the center of the country is due to the shortage of housing. He said he was disappointed with MK Shama, who is trying to be a populist MK and who talks fluff.
MK Chanin said that the crisis has expanded to the point that people can’t even rent an apartment.
MK Mula (Kadima) said we need public housing for the poor.
The motion was passed 11-0 and was sent to the Funds Committee.
Motion on the government approval to establish a committee to examine the flotilla events
MK Bareka (Chadash) said the committee will not do anything useful. He called on ending the Gaza blockade.
MK Zachalka (Balad) said the committee is a joke and the siege of Gaza is very real. He said that an investigation on a Turkish ship in Turkish water where Turkish people were killed, without a Turkish representative is a joke. He added that the entire international community objects to the Israeli probe as well.
Minister Erdan said that he supported the government decision he was a part of to conduct an Israeli probe. He supported the probe and said it would find that we acted well.
MK Mula said some international elements should be included in the probe.
The motion against the Israeli probe was defeated 2-6.
Motion on the struggle of the cleaners of Ben Gurion University
MK Edri (Kadima) said that the cleaners are treated badly and something needs to be done to help them. He asked how they can take away the workers’ rights that are given to them by law.
Deputy Minister Noked said that not every case where a contract is violated requires the ministry of industry and trade to get involved. She asked the Knesset to defeat the bill. Deputy Speaker Miller took a stance against the deputy minister and suggested sending the motion to a committee.
The motion passed 6-0 and sent to the Labor Committee.
Motion on International Gay Pride Day
MK Zoaretz (Kadima) criticized the prime minister’s office, which tried to convince her to drop the motion. She said the government tried to drop the motion on the technicality that it doesn’t fall in any of the 30 ministers’ jurisdictions. She said that none of the ministers wanted to touch the motion because they were afraid of it. She said there are 700,000 gays in Israel and that the government should be ashamed of themselves. She criticized the rabbis who persecute gay people. She suggested that the government support the gay people who pay taxes instead of the religious people who don’t contribute to the country. She called the government’s position on the issue a disgrace.
Deputy Minister Noked responded that the government supports the motion and gay people. She called on all politicians to help bridge the gap to bring gay people into the mainstream.
MK Zoaretz agreed with Deputy Minister Noked’s speech and chose to defeat the motion by not voting on it.
Motion on the expansion of the cultural and academic boycott of Israel
MK Smalov-Berkovitz discussed the channel 2 report that presented Israeli professors who called Israel an illegitimate state and said they would bring hundreds of anti-Israel groups into Israel. They called Israel’s ministers past and present illegitimate occupiers of Palestinian land. Smalov-Berkovitz said that we have failed with the internal hasbara if we have anti-Israel Israelis that stand at the leadership of the Israeli academia.
Hasbara Minister Edelstein (Likud) said that his ministry has created websites that work on both national and international hasbara. He agreed that anti-Israel professors should not be given a salary by the country they oppose. Edelstein said there is a limit to freedom of expression. He said that a professor who says Kahane was right will not last five minutes in a university, but the liberal extreme is not held to that regard. Edelstein said he is disgusted with the hypocrisy of the academic community. He warned that if we do not place limits on their freedom of speech, there will be a big problem in the future.
The motion was passed 8-0 and sent to the Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee.
* Three other motions were dropped because their MKs were not present.
Queries to Transportation Minister Katz (Likud)
MK Dichter (Kadima) asked about the lack of fire and ambulance stations in remote areas. Dichter said it took nine months for Katz to answer the query and he feels that nothing has been done on the subject since.
The minister responded that some new stations have opened recently and hopes that more will open soon. He expects when there is budget for the process to be quicker.
MK Gafni asked about the safety of traffic control and air travel after a mishap that almost crashed five planes earlier this month.
The minister answered that all of the issues were resolved and that air travel is safe.
MK Levin asked about the shortage of buses in the Jordan Valley and the reason why the Gush Katif evacuated settlement does not have a bus stop.
The minister answered that the buses have few passengers on them and the bus companies lose money on the lines, therefore he won’t add more. Katz said that a bus stop will be placed next to the Mesikot settlement in order to give them proper access to public transportation.
MK Levin asked another query on the subject of the Bet Shemesh – Jerusalem railway. The query asked what can be done to improve the existing line and why Bet Shemesh is not going to be on the expected express rail line planned between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. He added that the 38 highway that connects Bet Shemesh to the number 1 road is in bad shape.
The minister answered that the express Tel Aviv – Jerusalem railway is one of the cornerstones of his transportation reform. He explained that the current Bet Shemesh rail line has a train every hour during rush hour and every two hours at the other times. The ministry plans to increase trains to every hour in 2012. He added that the Bet Shemesh – Tel Aviv line works smoothly and has high demand. Katz said that the Tel Aviv – Jerusalem rail line will not be complete until 2016. He explained that the addition of a Bet Shemesh station on that line would delay the opening of the line; it would lengthen it and cost a lot more money. He added that Mevaseret does not even have a stop on the new line, despite the fact that it runs right next to it. He announced that highway 1 is going to be upgraded from sha’ar hagay to the Moza interchange. He explained the new Moza interchange will allow drivers to enter Road 16 from Moza. Katz explained that he put money into budgeting the entire 38 highway and turning it into a two lane highway on both sides. He added that he is working on upgrading road 10 and creating an interchange with the 38 highway by Noham in order to ease traffic congestion.
* The minister criticized the 15 MKs who submitted questions but did not attend the query session. He said that he has very good answers to very good questions and suggested that if the MKs are not present that the answers should not be sent to the protocol. They were.
The World Zionist Congress post will have to wait for Sunday/Monday.