Tuesday’s session lasted about three hours. Three bills were discussed and advanced after passing their first readings. A motion on Appreciation Day for the reserve soldiers was moving. The Modeling Industry Weight Limit Bill was among three bills that were advanced as Netanyahu was giving his Congress speech.

Non-Bills Summary

  • 23 MKs spoke during the one minute speech segment of the day. The main topic was the MKs’ analysis of Netanyahu’s AIPAC speech and what the MKs thought Netanyahu should say later that evening in his speech to the U.S. Congress.
  • Speaker Rivlin greeted a delegation of the European Parliament dialogue team.
  • A motion on Appreciation Day for the reserve soldiers was discussed by Speaker Rivlin, Minister and former General Peled (Likud), Strategic Affairs Minister and former IDF Chief of Staff Ya’alon (Likud), Defense Minister and former IDF Chief of Staff Barak (Independence), MK and former IDF Spokeswoman Regev (Likud), MK and former IDF Chief of Staff Mofaz (Kadima), reserve officer Cabel (Labor), MK Orbach (J.H.) and injured war hero and deputy platoon commander from the 1973 Yom Kippur War Katzeleh (N.U.).  All of the speeches involved thanking the reserve soldiers for their service.

Bills Summary

Amendment to the Joint Investment Trust Bill

MK Pinyan (Likud) explained his amendment would require the publishing of joint investment trust prospectuses in the national newspapers.

The bill passed its first reading 5-0 and was sent to the Funds Committee.

Amendment to the Propaganda Elections Bill

MK Pinyan (Likud) explained his amendment would allow election advertising on regional radio for regional council campaigns. He noted that until now only national radio could air election advertisements and this will allow the regional radio stations to increase their income.

MK Ben Ari (N.U.) noted that he was talking to an empty room because Netanyahu was giving his Congress speech. He slammed Obama and his recent speech, which he said would put Israel into a cage. He blasted Netanyahu for giving up too much in his AIPAC speech and suggested Bibi was selling the country away.

MK Zeev (Shas) supported the bill. He blasted MK Molla (Kadima) for slandering the city rabbis in a morning committee meeting and told Molla not to slander a position that he doesn’t know. He said that city rabbis act as psychologists, doctors, confidants and more, and they deserve a pay raise.

The bill passed its first reading 7-0 and was sent to the Law Committee.

Modeling Industry Weight Limit Bill

MK Adatto (Kadima) reported that every year another 1,500 Israeli teenagers are diagnosed with eating disorders. She cited university studies that link eating disorders with media, mostly female models in commercials, billboards and magazines. She announced that it starts as a diet and ends in death. She explained that her bill would prohibit skinny girls with a BMI of less than 18.5 from modeling. She added that the bill would prohibit publishing photoshopped pictures that aren’t labeled as such. Deputy Speaker Maklev (U.T.J.) praised Adatto for her bill.

MK Ben Ari praised and supported what he labeled an important bill. He blasted Netanyahu for agreeing to a Palestinian state and told the story of child terror victims who were murdered by the “moderate” Fatah party.

MK Zeev praised the bill and spoke about the dangers of eating disorders that can lead to death. He connected it to Ben Ari’s speech and said that he hoped Netanyahu doesn’t give Israel anorexia by giving away parts of Israel to the Palestinians.

The bill passed its first reading 5-0 and was sent to the Health Committee.

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