Tuesday’s session lasted two hours and forty five minutes. One bill was discussed, and its first reading was approved. Attendance was lighter than the usual Tuesday.  The Knesset celebrated the Kibbutz movement’s 100th birthday.

 

Non-Bill Summary

  • 14 MKs spoke during the One Minute Speech segment. The main topic was the kibbutz’s 100 year birthday. Minister Peled (Likud) responded to the speeches and expressed his excitement.
  • A motion on the 100 year birthday of the kibbutz was discussed by Speaker Rivlin and 8 MKs.
  • Justice Minister Neeman had a query hour with 6 MKs.
  • Deputy Finance Minister Cohen (Shas) did not show up to answer queries and was criticized by Deputy Speaker Shama (Likud).
  • House Chairman MK Levin (Likud) announced the House Committee’s decision on which contested bills will be awarded to which committees. The decision was approved by a 6-1 vote. MK Rotem voted for MK Ayalon by accident, and Deputy Speaker Shama criticized him.

 

Bill Summary

Amendment to the POW Payments Bill

MK Yoel Hasson (Kadima) explained his amendment would enable payment to spouses of prisoners of war who are recognized as POWs only after their death. He informed that most POWs were only recognized after their death, such as those who were deported to Africa with Yitzhak Shamir during the British mandate. He revealed that when he was 15 years old he watched former Prime Minister Shamir on television and decided to enter politics after meeting him at the age of 16.

MK Zeev (Shas) noted that many POWs lead short lives due to injuries and mental illness. He stated that wives who take care of their husbands after their time as POWs deserve financial compensation.

The bill passed its first reading 9-0 and was sent to the Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee.

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