Today’s session lasted less than three hours. All three bills discussed became law after passing their third readings. The government survived the three no-confidence motions submitted by the opposition on the topics of raising fuel prices, the Al Jazeera papers and the building freeze in Jerusalem. Speaker Rivlin broke from the government and his party by deciding not to participate in the no-confidence motion vote on the continued building freeze in Jerusalem, despite being present and presiding over the debate and voting. National Union took the opportunity for a roll-call vote, forcing Rivlin to state on the record that he chose not to participate in the vote. It should be noted that Prime Minister Netanyahu was not present for the vote.

 

Non-Bills Summary

  • Kadima’s no-confidence motion titled ‘Netanyahu raises the fuel prices and belittles the middle class sector of the population’ was defeated 39-56 with 25 MKs not present.
  • Labor and Meretz’s joint no-confidence motion titled ‘Exposing the government’s policy by Al Jazeera and the ongoing political deadlock’ was defeated 37-57-1 with 25 MKs not present.
  • National Union’s no-confidence motion titled ‘The continued building freeze in Jerusalem by the government’ was defeated 30-56-5 with 28 MKs not present. Jerusalem resident Speaker Rivlin was present and decided not to participate in the vote. It should be noted this is the first time this term that Speaker Rivlin did not support the government in a no-confidence vote.

 

Bills Summary

Amendment to the Bar Association Bill

MK Michaeli (Shas) said that the amendment would temporarily disbar Court Registrars and Judges for the time they serve in those positions. He explained that they would regain their bar licenses automatically after they leave their positions.

The bill passed its second reading 33-1.

The bill passed its third reading 30-0.

Amendment to the Israel Consumer Council Bill

Finance Committee Chairman Shama (Likud) explained that the amendment would privatize the Israel Consumer Council and therefore discontinue government funding.

The bill passed its second reading 29-0.

The bill passed its third reading 27-0.

Amendment to the Execution Bill

Justice, Constitution and Law Committee Chairman Rotem (Y.B.) explained that the amendment would improve the cooperation among the different ministries’ computers in regards to population information. He said the amendment would also force government seizing authorities’ personnel to receive certification for their job through a training course.

The bill passed its second reading 29-0.

The bill passed its third reading 28-0.

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