The Knesset’s Tuesday session lasted about three hours. Two bills were discussed. One bill became law after passing its third reading, and one was advanced after passing its first reading. The new law prohibits sexual relations, even if consensual, between a psychologist, psychiatrist or social worker and a patient.

 

Non-Bills Summary

  • 17 MKs took part in the one minute speech segment that opened the day.
  • A motion marking National Student Day was discussed by Speaker Rivlin, Deputy Minister Gamliel (Likud) and 7 MKs.
  • A motion on Jewish Identity Day was discussed by Religious Services Minister Margi (Shas) and 3 MKs.

 

Bills Summary

Amendment to the Penal Code Bill

Justice, Law and Constitution Committee Chairman Rotem (Y.B.) explained the amendment would prohibit a psychiatrist, psychologist or social worker from engaging in sexual activities with a patient during treatment up until three years after the treatments end. He announced the punishment will be four years in prison. He stressed there is no such thing as consensual sex between a healer and a patient.

The bill passed its second reading 12-0.

The bill passed its third reading 12-0.

MK Shai (Kadima) thanked the Knesset for approving his bill. He expressed regret on the compromises he made in regards to alternative medicine but agreed that this is an important first step towards rectifying a hole in Israeli law.

Amendment to the Lands Bill

MK Orlev (J.H.) explained the amendment attempts to combat the issue of strengthening condominiums and apartment buildings against earthquakes by facilitating easier conditions for strengthening joint buildings.

MK Eichler (U.T.J.) supported Orlev’s bill and gave a dvar torah (a speech on Jewish studies).

MK Zeev (Shas) expressed his support for the bill and pointed out that this bill might be able to save lives by making it easier to strengthen apartments against earthquakes.

MK Whbee (Kadima) supported and praised the bill. He thanked Orlev for trying to limit the bureaucracy involved in this process. He warned that earthquakes are a real threat in our area and people should act before it is too late.

MK Michaeli (Shas) supported and blessed the bill. He said that old buildings are in danger of collapse and this will make it easier to save them from disaster.

The bill passed its first reading 9-0 and was sent to the Interior Committee.

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This was the Knesset Jeremy English translation protocol of the Knesset’s May 22, 2012, session.

Official protocol in Hebrew: http://www.knesset.gov.il/plenum/data/02483612.doc

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