The Knesset took a break from their 39-day spring recess to have a four and a half hour session. The main topic was the Migron Bills, which were discussed but not officially presented or voted on. The disconnect on the issue between the coalition MKs and coalition ministers was evident, and nothing was resolved. Five motions were discussed overall. Both this and the previous special session resulted in low attendance with around one third of the MKs present at the peak of the day.

 

Non-Bills Summary

 

  • A motion on the topic of ‘The two Migron Bills that weren’t advanced and their votes were postponed several times during the winter session’, was discussed by MKs Danon (Likud), Orlev (J.H.), Zahalka (Balad), MK Ariel (N.U.) and Coalition Chairman Elkin (Likud). The discussion was tense, with heavy heckling and threats thrown around. Minister Begin (Likud) responded in the name of the government with a 45-minute response that was disrupted by hecklers, mostly from the coalition and his own party. Begin stressed that Orlev’s bill was unconstitutional but reserved judgment on MK Yaakov Katz’s bill. Following Minister Begin’s answer, MK Sheetrit (Kadima), MK Shai (Kadima), MK Plesner (Kadima), MK Herzog (Labor), MK Ben Ari (N.U.) and MK Khenin (Hadash) gave speeches to weigh in with their opinions. The motion was not voted on.

 

  • A motion on the topic of ‘Gaps in education. The Ministry of Education’s report that indicates gaps between Ethiopian natives and Israelis’ was discussed by Kadima MKs Molla and Tirosh. Justice Minister Neeman presented the government’s response. The motion was sent to the Education Committee by a 9-0 vote.

 

  • A motion on the topic of ‘Deterioration of socioeconomic conditions and government policy of fighting poor instead of poverty’ was discussed by MK Khenin (Hadash) and MK Zahalka (Balad). Deputy Finance Minister Cohen (Shas) presented the government’s response. The motion was sent to the Appropriations Committee by an 11-0 vote.
  • A motion on the topic of ‘Cost of living – the Netanyahu government continues to raise prices’ was discussed by Kadima MKs Shai and Duan. The motion was not voted on.
  • A motion on the topic of ‘Justice Minister Neeman’s initiative that bypasses the Supreme Court to enact legislation’ was discussed by MK Gal-On (Meretz) and MK Herzog (Labor). Justice Minister Neeman responded in the name of the government and defended himself. The motion was not voted on.

 

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This was the Knesset Jeremy English translation protocol of the Knesset’s April 18, 2012, session.

Official protocol in Hebrew: http://www.knesset.gov.il/plenum/data/01886712.doc

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