The Tuesday session lasted about two hours. One bill was discussed and became law after passing its third reading. The bill prohibits banks from collecting interest after the foreclosure of a customer’s home. Two motions were discussed, one of which was sent to committee for further discussion.

Non-Bill Summary

* 17 MKs spoke during the one minute speech segment that opened the afternoon. Many spoke about contracted workers and what they gained or could have gained from the previous night’s bill.

* A motion marking fifty years since the Eichmann trial was discussed by Speaker Rivlin, Prime Minister Netanyahu, Opposition Leader Livni and Minister Peled (Likud), a Holocaust survivor.

* A motion on the Jewish communities in Europe that are struggling with new laws prohibiting Jewish ritual slaughter was discussed by five MKs and Hasbara Minister Edelstein (Likud). The motion was sent for further discussion in the Diaspora Affairs Committee by an 8-0 vote.

* Agriculture Minister Noked (Independence) answered a query at the end of the session.

Bill Summary

Amendment to the Banking Bill

Finance Committee Chairman Shama (Likud) explained the amendment would prohibit banks from collecting loan or mortgage interest from a customer after the foreclosure of his house, unless the house cost more than NIS 2.5 million.

The bill passed its second reading 12-0.

The bill passed its third reading 10-0.

MK Cabel (Labor) thanked the Knesset for approving his bill. He said it was wrong for banks to collect interest from someone after they already took away his home.

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