Monday’s session started with an hour and a half discussion that resulted in the government defeating the no-confidence motions 30-54 and 25-53. Following the passing in the first reading of a recycling bill, the opposition launched a filibuster that lasted almost 20 hours, finally ending at 13:07 the following day when the government passed the bi-annual budget 57-28.

Arranging Care Packages Bill

Environmental Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) explained that the bill will encourage Israeli industries to recycle by giving them financial incentives.

The bill passed its first reading 64-0 and was sent to the Finance Committee.

Bi-Annual Budget Bill

Funds Committee Chairman MK Gafni (U.T.J.) outlined the amendments to a number of bills that would allow the Knesset to pass the budget of 2011 and the budget of 2012 at the same time. The opposition responded in a twenty hour filibuster that ended when they threw in the towel later the next day. The government passed the bill with a big majority of 57-28, and the MKs took a nap until Tuesday’s session started.