The Knesset’s session Tuesday lasted about and three a half hours. Six bills were discussed. Four bills became law after passing their third readings, and two bills were advanced after passing their first readings. There was no session on Monday because of the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, so Monday’s agenda was postponed to Tuesday. About half of the MKs did not show up, and most of them left before the motion marking Military Reserves Day took place. Speaker Rivlin expressed his displeasure that a day that is meant to merge two days could have such a light agenda and attendance.
- Hadash, Ra’am-Ta’al and Balad’s joint no-confidence motion titled ‘The government’s failure in the political, economic and social sectors’ was defeated 13-50.
- Labor and Meretz’s joint no-confidence motion titled ‘The inability of the Netanyahu government in the social, political and economic sectors’ was defeated 13-53.
- A motion on Military Reserves Recognition Day was discussed by Speaker Rivlin, five MKs, Deputy Minister Kara (Likud) and Minister Mofaz (Likud).
Temporary Amendment to the Clean Air Bill
Interior and Environment Committee Chairman Cohen (Shas) explained the amendment shortens the approval process for polluting factories that deal with natural gas for a one year period. He said that this will pave the way for natural gas from Israel’s shores to be used for Israel as soon as possible in order to lower electricity prices.
MK Khenin (Hadash) objected to the bill on the grounds that this will allow pollution since the short appeal time will make it impossible to prevent the new factories for natural gas from being built. He said it is worth having a short term spike in electricity rates to preserve the environment as opposed to ruining the environment so we can save a few shekels. He quoted Rahm Emanuel to prove his point. He stressed the importance of keeping mother earth healthy for the next generations.
The bills paragraphs passed their second readings 19-1 and 20-2.
The bills objections were defeated 2-17 and 2-17.
The bill passed its third reading 21-1.
Amendment to the Jewish Religious Services Bill
Interior and Environment Committee Chairman Cohen explained the amendment would allow the selling of burial plots for people who are still alive in private cemeteries. He said that the amendment will also regulate the Berket cemetery and its 330,000 burial plots. He noted that there will be a cap on the price of burial plots as well as discounts for two burial plots next to each other for couples.
The bill passed its second reading 14-0.
The bill passed its third reading 14-0.
Amendment to the Sports Bill
MK Pinyan (Likud) explained the amendment would require sports teams to insure all of their players and to release or trade players within a year of their request. He said it is important that all players are covered and have the ability to move from team to team.
The bill passed its second reading 12-0.
The bill passed its third reading 13-0.
MK Tirosh (Kadima) thanked Chairman Miller (Y.B.) for helping her advance and pass her bill. She slammed the sports unions for fighting against this bill by trying to preserve the teams’ rights to keep players under contract but on the bench. She expressed pride that the government and Knesset refused to give in to last minute pressure and passed the law.
Amendment to the Supervision of Dogs Bill
Finance Committee Chairman Shama (Likud) praised MK Cabel (Labor) for his impressive second place finish in the Histadrut workers union chairmanship race. He explained the amendment will raise the price of non-neutered dogs’ registry cards to NIS 300 more than those for neutered dogs. He thanked everyone for helping with this bill.
The bill passed its second reading 9-0.
The bill passed its third reading 9-0.
Amendment to the Benefits for Soldiers and Their Families Bill
MK Matalon (Y.B.) explained the amendment would extend the period of time soldiers who are injured while on vacation are entitled to full benefits from 14 days to 21 days.
MK Ben Ari (N.U.) supported and praised the bill. He said that as someone who was injured in active duty, there are a lot of ways the country can improve on taking care of their injured. He told his personal story in tears of how he was left in the middle of nowhere with bullet shards in his shoulder and arm and the cab they ordered him didn’t come. He went on to call on the government to finish building the fence and kick out all of the illegal immigrants.
The bill passed its first reading 13-0 and was sent to the Welfare Committee.
MK Tirosh realized that she forgot to thank her parliamentary assistant for helping her with her bill.
Amendment to the Computer Bill
MK Avraham Balila (Kadima) explained the amendment would extend the ban on software aimed at violating someone’s privacy or eavesdropping on cell phones and the internet. She noted this bill would also allow Israel to meet their requirements as expected from the state when they signed an international agreement against cybercrimes.
MK Ben Ari said this is an important bill and expressed his support. He told the politicians that they should be condemning the violence of the illegal immigrants and not the violence of the victims of the illegal immigrants. He demanded the 80,000 to 120,000 illegal immigrants be deported. He said the danger of nuclear Iran is more dangerous than Sudan and Eritrea.
The bill passed its first reading 9-0 and was sent to the Justice Committee.
This was the Knesset Jeremy English translation protocol of the Knesset’s May 29, 2012, session.
Official protocol in Hebrew: http://www.knesset.gov.il/plenum/data/02590212.doc