The Knesset’s Tuesday session lasted about four hours. Two bills were discussed, and both were advanced after passing their first readings. The bills would allow welfare payments to continue when the woman is overseas and force the population registry to accept rabbinical court decisions on who is really Jewish. The MKs spent more time discussing International Holocaust Remembrance Day and the possible extension of the Tal Law. The official International Holocaust Remembrance Day is Jan 27, but the Knesset discussed it on Jan 24th instead.

Non-Bills Summary

* 14 MKs gave speeches on the one minute speech segment that opened the day. Many of the speeches were in the spirit of International Holocaust Remembrance Day or on the Tal Law.

* A motion on International Holocaust Remembrance Day was discussed by Speaker Rilvin, Prime Minister Netanyahu, Opposition Leader Livni and Deputy Prime Minister Shalom (Likud).

* 11 MKs participated in a preliminary discussion regarding the extension of the deferment of Yeshiva students from the army through the Tal Law.

* Tourism Minister Misezhnikov (Y.B.) answered six queries during a question hour.

* Deputy Education Minister Moses (U.T.J.) answered two queries at the end of the session.

Bills Summary

Amendment to the Payment Bill


Justice, Law and Constitution Committee Chairman Rotem (Y.B.) explained the amendment would allow women to receive childcare welfare payments from the government even if they spend up to 72 days of the year outside of Israel or leave the country up to four times a year. He said that women who are overseas for longer than that period of time are probably not living in Israel.

The bill passed its second reading 22-0.

The bill passed its third reading 22-0.

MK Khenin (Hadash) thanked the MKs and Knesset for approving his feminist bill and extending welfare payments to women who leave the country for up to 72 days. He expressed regret he couldn’t find a way to convince the government to agree to extend the period of time even further.

Amendment to the Population Registration Bill

MK Azoulay (Shas) explained the amendment would require the population registry to register who is Jewish according to the rulings of the rabbinical courts. He slammed the population registry for deciding someone isn’t Jewish despite a rabbinical court decision that they are. He said after this bill is passed the population registry will be forced to follow Jewish law.

MK Cabel (Labor) said the bill he co-sponsored should have been unnecessary but he is happy to stand and lead the charge against the population registry, who have no right to decide who is Jewish and who is not.

The bill passed its first reading 6-0 and was sent to the Interior Committee.


This was the Knesset Jeremy English translation protocol of the Knesset’s January 24, 2012, session.

Official protocol in Hebrew: