The Tuesday, July 19, session lasted less than two hours. The day was shorter than usual because of the fast of the 17th of Tammuz. Four bills were discussed. Two bills became law after passing their third readings, and two were advanced after passing their first readings. The new laws will allow candidates in local elections to advertise on local radio and prohibit the publication of sex victims’ pictures without their permission. The bills advanced afford women living in public housing additional rights in cases of separation from one’s husband and force criminals who harm minors to pay their victims in a timely manner.


Non-Bill Summary

  • Nineteen MKs spoke during the one minute speech segment that opened the day. The main topic was the housing crisis.
  • MK Levi-Abekasis (Y.B.) announced the Labor, Welfare and Health Committee’s request to split a bill into two separate bills. The request was approved 13-0.


Bills Summary

Amendment to the Proposed Election Bill

MK Michaeli (Shas) explained the amendment would allow local authority election campaigns to extend their advertising methods, including the use of local radio stations. He expressed hope this would help the local radio stations financially.

The bill passed its second reading 7-0.

The bill passed its third reading 8-0.

MK Pinyan (Likud) thanked the MKs for supporting his bill.

Amendment to the Penal Code Bill

MK Michaeli (Shas) explained the amendment would not allow sex victims to have their pictures published without their permission. He said this bill would protect sex victims from the media and unwanted exposure.

The bill passed its second reading 9-0.

The bill passed its third reading 10-0.

MK Hotovely (Likud) thanked the MKs for supporting her bill.

Amendment to the Public Housing Tenant Rights Bill

MK Avraham Balila (Kadima) explained her amendment would define the rights of couples who are living in public housing during the separation process before divorce. She said the bill will ensure that the wife would retain the public house over the husband. She expressed hope this would encourage women to leave their husbands with the knowledge that they will get to keep their house.

MK Ben Ari (N.U.) revealed that every Sunday he meets the public in his office in the Tikva neighborhood of Tel Aviv. He reported that the public is hurting and he is there to feel their pain. He called on Israelis to return to morals and values.

The bill passed its first reading 14-0 and was sent to the Women’s Rights Committee.

Amendment to the Fines, Fees and Expenses Collection Center Bill

MK Levi-Abekasis (Y.B.) explained her amendment would ensure financial compensation for a minor who is a victim of a criminal offense. She reported that the courts and police don’t force those who hurt the minors to pay the money that is required by law. She explained that most of the time the courts allow a payment plan over a decade and the minor doesn’t receive the compensation in time to rehabilitate his life.

MK Ben Ari directed his speech at Minister Shalom and expressed his opposition to the idea of turning Sundays into a day of rest. He said the day of rest will be turned into another party day that Israel’s economy has no need for. He went on to praise MK Levi-Abekasis and her beautiful bills. He noted that Rav Kahane grew up with Sundays and supported them, but wondered what Kahane would say today.

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

Deputy Prime Minister Shalom (Likud) praised MK Levi Abekasis and her bill. He responded to MK Ben Ari that a long weekend will bring religious and secular people together. He noted that most Muslim countries have a day off on Sundays. He suggested more people would keep the Sabbath if they had another day to the weekend. He added the youth groups will double their attendance with a longer weekend. He concluded by saying Rav Kahane would support Sundays off.