Wednesday’s session lasted about five and a half hours. Two bills were discussed, and both passed their preliminary reading. Attendance was light for a Wednesday, and the session was relatively short. There were a few motions and queries discussed as well.

Non-Bills Summary

Deputy Finance Minister Cohen (Shas), Infrastructure Minister Landau (Y.B.) and Education Minister Sa’ar (Likud) answered urgent queries at the beginning of the session.

Seven motions were discussed on the hot topics of the day, and five of them were sent for further discussion in their relevant committees. They were passed by the votes of: 14-0, 9-0, 6-0, 7-0 and 6-0. Two motions were not voted on.

Bills Summary

Amendment to the Supervision of Financial Services Bill

MK Cohen (Shas) explained that his amendment would enable consumers to collect a refund for cancellation of an insurance policy and also not pay a termination penalty. He stated that the law would apply to all types of insurance and that his bill would put an end to the insurance companies pocketing money for doing nothing.

Deputy Finance Minister Cohen (Shas) expressed government support for the bill.

The bill passed its preliminary reading 13-0 and was sent to the Funds Committee.

Amendment to the Protecting the Public from Sex Offenders Bill

MK Levin (Likud) explained that his amendment would add the offense of obscene publications involving minors to the list of sex offences in Israel.

Homeland Security Minister Aharonovitch (Y.B.) expressed government support for the bill.

MK Levy-Abekasis (Y.B.) expressed disgust that those arrested for publicizing obscene pictures or videos of minors have been receiving very light sentences because they are not included in the Sex Offenders Bill. She told a story of a man who took pictures of naked minors on a beach, spread them on the internet and only spent a few nights in jail.

The bill passed its preliminary reading 17-0 and was sent to the Justice Committee.