The Knesset took a break from their 39-day spring recess to have a three hour session. The main topic of the day was MK Mofaz taking over as Opposition Leader following his victory over MK Livni in the Kadima leadership race. Since Kadima is the largest Knesset faction in the opposition, Kadima’s leader also serves as the Opposition Leader. Four motions were discussed, technical changes were made to a bill, and an election date for the next State Comptroller was determined.

 

Non-Bills Summary

 

  • Speaker Rivlin announced that the election for the next State Comptroller is set for May 14. He said that each candidate must have ten MKs backing them and submit their candidacy by May 4.
  • Speaker Rivlin announced that MK Shaul Mofaz will replace MK Tzipi Livni as the Leader of the Opposition effective immediately, following Mofaz’s victory over Livni in Kadima’s leadership primary the previous week. New Opposition Leader Mofaz gave a speech blasting the government, although he did take a moment to put on a kippa and read some passages from the bible. Education Minister Sa’ar (Likud) responded on behalf of the government in a fiery speech that resulted in Kadima heckling him throughout his time at the podium.
  • A motion on the topic of ‘Netanyahu’s three years of failed government’ was discussed by Kadima MKs Yoel Hasson and Molla. Education Minister Sa’ar responded on behalf of the government. The motion was sent for discussion in the Appropriations Committee following a raise of hands in support of the move.
  • A motion on the topic of ‘Bank of Israel confirms Netanyahu government deepens the gap of Israel’s sectors’ was discussed by Kadima MKs Tirosh and Whbee. The motion was not voted on.
  • A motion on the topic of ‘The failure of the Netanyahu government in perpetuating social disparities and the latest price increase wave’ was discussed by Labor Chairwoman Yachimovich and Meretz Chairwoman Gal-On. Deputy Finance Minister Cohen (Shas) responded on behalf of the government. The motion was sent for discussion in the Appropriations Committee following a show of hands in support of the move.
  • A motion on the topic of ‘Land Day and the Negev Arabs’ public distress’ was discussed by Hadash Chairman Barakeh and Ra’am-Ta’al MKs Tibi and El-Sana. Deputy Finance Minister Cohen responded on behalf of the government. The motion was sent for discussion in the Interior Committee following a show of hands in support of the move.
  • Finance Committee Chairman Shama (Likud) presented his committee’s request to make several technical changes to an Amendment on the Public Broadcasting Bill. The changes were approved by a show of hands supporting the move.

 

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This was the Knesset Jeremy English translation protocol of the Knesset’s April 2, 2012, session.

Official protocol in Hebrew: http://www.knesset.gov.il/plenum/data/01805212.doc

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