Tuesday’s session lasted two hours and forty five minutes. Five bills were discussed, and they were all advanced after passing their first readings. Among the bills were a bill that would limit the purchase and transfer of Israel’s land rights to foreigners and a bill that would force all telecommunications and broadcasting companies to offer a free parent lock to block malicious web sites.

 

Non-Bills Summary

  • 14 MKs participated in the one-minute speech segment.
  • Speaker Rivlin greeted World WIZO (Women’s International Zionist Organization), who marked 90 years of activity. A motion on the subject was discussed by two MKs.
  • Two motions were discussed by a combined four MKs at the end of the session. Both motions were passed and sent for further discussion in the Knesset committees by the votes 8-0 and 5-0.

 

Bills Summary

Amendment to the Youth Bill

MK Levy-Abekasis (Y.B.) explained that her amendment would offer both care and supervision of minors who commit a crime by protecting them against harmful publications about crimes they committed or private information that can be found on the internet.

MK Molla (Kadima) said that the bill was important and he supported it but wondered which minister would enforce this bill. He went on to slam the government for five minutes. Speaker Rivlin asked Molla to step down from the podium if he supports the bill and plans on criticizing the government in the time he has left.

MK Ghilon (Meretz) said he supported the bill, even though it comes from the party that he despises the most.

MK Zeev (Shas) said he supported the bill. He gave an example of four yeshiva students who were wrongly named on an internet site as criminals and now will not be accepted into the army. He hoped this bill would change these things.

The bill passed its first reading 13-0 and was sent to the Justice Committee.

Amendment to the Land Bill

MK Orbach (J.H.) explained that an apartment may run a Shabbat elevator if a simple majority, or 51%, of the residents wish to have one. He informed that this will force the 49% of the building that do not want to use the Shabbat elevator to use it, but they will be exempt from paying for it. He noted countless court cases on the subject and said he felt this was the best solution. He said he hopes that this will encourage religious people to move into buildings with secular people.

MK Ilatov (Y.B.) said that he has objected to the bill for eight months and after countless compromises in the committee he feels good with the bill.

MK Zeev said the bill doesn’t go far enough and suggested demanding that all the residents of the building pay for the Shabbat elevator, just like they have to pay for other things they don’t necessarily want in their building.

The bill passed its first reading 14-0 and was sent to the Interior Committee.

Amendment to the Israel Lands Bill

MK Shai (Kadima) explained that his amendment would limit the purchase and transfer of Israel’s land rights to foreigners. He informed the plenum that the Israel land reform created an atmosphere where foreigners were able to come in and buy up large packages of Israeli land, and his bill will place certain restrictions on foreigners doing so. He noted that several democratic countries, including practically all of Europe, have passed this very bill in the past few years. He said that many foreigners own property in Israel and do not live here, thereby increasing the housing shortage. He stated that the bill would not violate any international agreements that Israel has signed.

MK Katzeleh (N.U.) informed that it is not just residential, but tens of thousands of agricultural dunams have been bought up by foreigners as well, particularly in Zikhron Ya’akov and Binyamina. He called on the government to investigate these occurrences. He stated that with the illegal immigrants and these foreigners closing in on us, Israel’s Jews are running out of land.

MK Ariel (N.U.) blasted the housing shortage and crisis. He revealed that he proposed a similar bill earlier in the term that did not receive government support. He called the trouble in the Labor party a circus. He attacked MKs who promise one thing before elections and do the complete opposite when they are elected. He slammed Kadima and Sharon as the ones who started the business of splitting up parties. He said that he hopes the circus leaves town soon.

MK Molla reminded Ariel that after the split between Kadima and Likud, Prime Minister Sharon called elections and the public gave Kadima 29 seats and the Likud 12. Ariel and Katzeleh walked out as Molla was talking. Molla went on to make excuses for Sharon and concluded by expressing his support for the bill.

MK Eldad (N.U.) mocked Molla at the beginning of his speech and called him a sour pickle. Eldad said that he supports the bill and the supervision of selling property to foreigners. He suggested looking at Jerusalem as the top priority of the bill and stopping the Saudi prince from buying up new Jewish neighborhoods.

MK Yacimovich (Labor) stated that the sin of privatizing the land of Israel has brought upon Israel this disaster of foreigners buying it up. She said that this bill was born as a band aid to try to slowly avoid the inevitable end of Zionism, which the privatization created. She expressed support for the bill and hope that this search and rescue mission is successful but said she remained pessimistic.

MK Zeev slammed the P.A. for passing a law that says that any Palestinian who sells land to a Jew will be sentenced to death. He also blasted former Likud politician Dov Weissglass for assisting Abu Dhabi citizens in buying up Jewish apartments in the old city of Jerusalem. He called Palestine and Saudi Arabia enemies that must be fought in the realm of this bill and many other bills to come.

The bill passed its first reading 16-0 and was sent to the Justice Committee.

Amendment to the Communications Bill

MK Miller (Y.B.) said that this bill was the most important bill he has brought in front of the Knesset this term. He explained his amendment would force all telecommunications and broadcasting companies to offer a free parent lock to block malicious web sites and content from children. He said that right now there are parent locks, but they cost money, and this bill will force the companies to give it to their customers as a free service. He expressed hope that this bill, when passed, will protect children from malicious content.

MK Ariel said that as a father he supports the bill that brings order to the jungle we call the internet. He said he hopes this bill keeps the bad animals in the jungle and allows our children to surf without worries. He praised Miller for presenting a medication to the disease called the internet.

MK Katzeleh said that he feels that it is a good bill but that it should also apply to radio. He said that radio shows incite racism against religious people, immigrants, nationalistic people and settlers. He expressed fear that the youth will be influenced by such things and will act violently against Israel’s minorities. He blasted radio journalist Moshe Hanegbi. He called on the public to send him emails at katzya@knesset.gov.il about Hanegbi, and he will read them out every week from the Knesset podium.

MK Zeev blasted television and its slutty reality television shows. He said that television is a drug and it is worse than the internet. He said that it is harder to recover from television and the internet than alcohol. He expressed regret that this legislation will not do enough because children will find a way to get around the parental controls. He called on Israel to show some principles and morals instead of watching terrible television shows. He concluded by slamming Facebook, which is not included in the parent block.

MK Eldad said that just by going to a news website one can find a slutty advertisement. He went on to blast the government for not arresting those who incite to kill him and instead selectively choose to arrest those who wish to kill left-wing figures. He asked how a person who tells him that he wants to shoot him in front of his kids can be allowed to walk freely, but someone who posts a youtube video is arrested.

The bill passed its first reading 14-0 and was sent to the Finance Committee.

Amendment to the Career Soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces Service Bill

The following was presented the previous Tuesday and brought for a vote today.

“MK Schneller (Kadima) explained that his amendment would allow career soldiers the benefits they are entitled to by the government security industries. He gave an example of a computer specialist who worked in the army for twenty years and realizes that if he works privately after he retires he will pay very high taxes and barely make any money. He said those talented people go overseas instead. He stated that this bill would prevent that very situation. He said that because the government was opposing the bill, even though they supported it in its preliminary reading, he would not request a vote on it.”

The bill passed its first reading 12-0 and was sent to the Labor Committee.

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