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Panels conducted a poll that was broadcast by the Knesset Channel on Feb 20 2017.

Who of the following personalities should lead the right wing if Benjamin Netanyahu is forced to resign?

General Public: 29% Saar, 19% None, 13% Bennett, 11% Don’t know, 8% Kahlon, 7% Liberman, 5% Katz, 5% Regev, 3% Hanegbi

Right-wing voters: 21% Bennett, 21% Saar, 15% None, 11% Liberman, 10% Don’t know 7% Katz, 6% Regev, 5% Kahlon, 4% Hanegbi

How would you define the Minister Tzachi Hanegbi: having independent views or “mouthpiece” of Prime Minister Netanyahu?

44% Mouthpiece, 35% Don’t know, 21% Independent Views

Following the appointment should Hanegbi voice independent views or support the Prime Minister?

62% Independent Views, 25% Support Prime Minister, 13% Don’t know

Is it correct on the part of Tzachi Hanegbi to accept the appointment of acting Communications Minister for the next three months?

32% Yes, 27% Yes but he should insist on a permanent appointment, 22% No he should not accept the position, 19% Don’t know

Is Tzachi Hanegbi is a candidate worthy or not worthy in your eyes for the leadership of the Likud?

General Public: 47% No, 30% Don’t know, 23% Yes

Likud Voters: 39% No, 37% Yes, 24% Don’t know

Panels conducted a poll that was broadcast by the Knesset Channel on Feb 13 2017.

What grade do you give Issac Herzog as Opposition Chairman?

44% Bad, 33% Average, 13% Good, 10% Don’t know

Of the following candidates who do you think is most worthy to lead the Labor Party?

General Public: 27% Yachimovich, 22% None/Other, 17% Don’t know, 10% Peretz, 8% Herzog, 7% Cabel, 6% Margalit, 3% Gabai
Zionist Union Voters: 16% Other/None, 16% Yachimovich, 13% Peretz, 13% Herzog, 11% Margalit, 11% Gabai, 11% Don’t know, 9% Cabel

Should Herzog maintain the Zionist Union with the Livni Party?

General Public: 44% No, 33% Yes, 23% Don’t know
Zionist Union Voters: 42% Yes, 31% No, 27% Don’t know

Is Herzog correct when he attempts to place the Zionist Union in the center of the Israeli political map?

General Public: 44% Yes, 28% No, 28% Don’t know
Zionist Union Voters: 71% Yes, 20% No, 9% Don’t know

Do you think the efforts to enter Netanyahu’s Government hurt or helped Herzog’s standing?

55% Hurt, 25% Didn’t influence, 15% Don’t know, 5% Helped

Should Herzog join Yair Lapid in the next general elections?

General Public: 52% No, 28% Yes, 20% Don’t know
Zionist Union Voters: 44% Yes, 42% No, 14% Don’t know
Yesh Atid Voters: 49% No, 42% Yes, 9% Don’t know

Panels conducted a poll that was broadcast by the Knesset Channel on Jan 30 2017.

What grade do you give Naftali Bennett as Chairman of the Bayit Yehudi?

40% Good, 31% Average, 21% Bad, 8% Don’t know

Should Naftali Bennett remain as the leader of Bayit Yehudi or should he join the Likud?

49% Bayit Yehudi, 26% Likud, 25% Don’t know

Likud voters: 52% Likud, 39% Bayit Yehudi, 9% Don’t know

Bayit Yehudi voters: 72% Bayit Yehudi, 20% Likud, 8% Don’t know

Should Bennett find a political alliance or should he remain as Chairman of Bayit Yehudi?

45% Bayit Yehudi, 28% Don’t know, 27% Alliance

Bayit Yehudi voters: 88% Bayit Yehudi, 8% Alliance, 4% Don’t know

Follow up question for those who answered “alliance”: Who should Bennett connect with?

32% Liberman, 28% Don’t know, 22% Kahlon, 18% Lapid

Did Naftali Bennett act with good intentions when he proposed the Amona deal?

35% Yes, 35% Don’t know, 30% No

Right-wing voters: 46% Yes, 32% Don’t know, 22% No

What do you think about Bennett’s conduct of taking the argument on the tunnels during Operation Protective Edge to the public agenda?

35% He should have waited for the official report, 27% Bennett was correct, 23% He should have stayed in the Security Cabinet, 15% Don’t know

What do you recommend Naftali Bennett should focus on?

60% Education Ministry, 16% Security-Diplomatic issues, 15% Economic-Social issues, 9% Don’t know

Panels conducted a poll that was broadcast by the Knesset Channel on Jan 23 2017.

Where would you place Yair Lapid on the political map?

77% Center, 13% Left, 6% Don’t know, 4% Right

Does Yair Lapid have concrete policy positions or does he adjust his statements based on public opinion?

64% Public opinion, 24% Concrete policy, 12% Don’t know

What is Yair Lapid’s position on the subject of two states for two peoples?

48% He is in favor of 2SS, 40% Don’t know, 12% He is against 2SS

What areas should Lapid focus his activity on?

67% Cost of living and other social issues, 10% Don’t know, 8% Government corruption, 8% Diplomatic issues, 7% Security issues

How should Yair Lapid act towards Netanyahu during the investigation?

52% Wait, 21% Don’t call on him to resign, 19% call on him to resign, 8% Don’t know

Did Lapid act correctly by signing on to the impeachment of Balad MK Basel Ghattas?

75% Yes, 11% No, 14% Don’t know

What do you think is the best path for Yair Lapid ahead of the next elections: Run as leader of Yesh Atid or connect to a bloc of center parties?

43% Run as leader of Yesh Atid, 34% Join a center bloc, 23% Don’t know

Question for 34% who answered that he should join a center bloc: Which party would you like to see Lapid connect with in the next elections?

34% Kulanu, 28% Zionist Union, 28% A new party led by Yaalon, 10% Don’t know


Panels conducted two polls – six days apart from each other – that have both been posted on their Facebook Page. The second poll was conducted after the Channel 2 broadcasts of the Netanyahu-Moses tapes.

Should Netanyahu go home?

Jan 15 Poll Results:

50% No, 38% Yes, 12% Don’t know

Note #1: Right voters – 70% No

Note #2: Left Voters – 82% Yes

Jan 9 Poll Results:

45% No, 39% Yes, 16% Don’t know

Note #3: Right voters – 61% No, 20% Yes, 19% Don’t know

Note #4: Left Voters – 79% Yes, 13% No, 8% Don’t know

Note #5: Center Voters –  50% Yes, 33% No, 17% Don’t know

Jeremy Saltan on Galay Yisrael Radio: Breakdown of Peace Talks and Racism near Jerusalem in Mevasseret Tzion.





Knesset insider Jeremy Man Saltan discusses the breakdown of negotiations between Israel and Arab leadership and the root causes behind the end of the negotiations. He moves on to talk about how American Secretary of State John Kerry’s idea of ending the conflict in nine months has been an absolute failure and ends with a discussion about how racist Purim costumes near Jerusalem in Mevasseret Tzion, have caused the issue of racism to be brought to the forefront.

Following the opposition boycott of the planned 23-hour session, Speaker Edelstein re-opened up the session as planned at 10 AM. Chairman Rotem (L.B.) blasted the opposition’s boycott. Minister Liberman (L.B.) pointed out that it is ridiculous that Labor and Meretz leaders proposed many of the measures in the bill including the raising of the threshold and today are boycotting the vote. He discussed the 29 committee meetings on the bill and the 253 experts that participated in the meetings. Speaker Edelstein announced that all coalition MKs removed their objections. All of the opposition objections were removed because the objecting MKs were not in the building.

You can read more about the content bill here: https://knessetjeremy.com/2014/03/09/electoral-reform-bill/

Government Bill passed its second reading 67-0 and third reading 67-0.
Knesset Bill passed its second reading 67-0 and third reading 6-0.

MK Hoffman (Yesh Atid) got up after the voting to thank everyone who worked on the bill.
Minister Lapid (Yesh Atid) also spoke from the podium and thanked the people who worked on the bill.
Speaker Edelstein closed the session and said they would re-convene for the presentation of the Haredi Draft Bill at 1 PM.

The only coalition MK who did not vote is Presidential candidate MK Rivlin (Likud Beitenu) who purposely decided to fly to London in order to miss vote. The 52 opposition MKs went through with their boycott.

The official Knesset protocol will show that not one MK gave a speech against the bill and not one MK voted against the bill.
Electoral Reform (for good and for bad) is complete.

The Basic Law: National Referendum will be the third of the big three to be voted on this week.

It has the least objections and requests for MK speeches.
Unlike the other two bills, this bill has no coalition objections.
The opposition decided to focus most of their efforts on the other two bills.
The bill is meant to prevent Israel from giving up her sovereign territory.

  • The National Referendum Bill will be a special election day to decide if to approve or repeal a Knesset decision to give up land that is currently under Israeli law. That applies to all of pre-1967 Israel and post-1967 areas that have been annexed such as the Golan Heights and Eastern Jerusalem.
  • The National Referendum is only implemented if the Knesset approves a decision to give up land that is currently under Israeli law. That decision is then put on hold until the results of the National Referendum.
  • 80 MKs can vote to decide against going to a National Referendum.
  • All Israeli Citizens 18 and up can vote, all other election laws apply.
  • Because it is a Basic Law it is illegal to bypass this law by a temporary measure, executive order, emergency provision, etc.
  • To change any aspect of this law or to add an amendment you must do so through an additional Basic Law, meaning a minimum of 61 MKs.

The Knesset’s Wednesday session lasted about five hours. Nine bills were discussed. Four bills were advanced after passing their preliminary readings, three bills were turned into motions, and two bills were withdrawn before the vote to avoid defeat. The highlight bill of the day for Jerusalem readers will be the new appeals committee for light rail fines. Other interesting bills were discussed during the jam-packed day.

Non-Bills Summary

  • Interior Minister Yishai (Shas), Communications Minister Kahlon (Likud), Transportation Minister Katz (Likud) and Homeland Security Minister Aharonovitch (Y.B.) answered urgent queries at the beginning of the session.
  • House Committee Chairman Levin (Likud) announced his committee’s suggestion of MK Shemtov (Y.B.) as Deputy Speaker to fill the spot of MK Levi-Abekasis, who resigned earlier in the day. It was approved 28-0.
  • Six motions were discussed. Four motions were sent for further discussion in committee by the votes 11-0, 8-0, 5-0 and 7-0. One motion was defeated 6-48, and one motion was not voted on.

Bills Summary

Amendments to the Illegal Residence Bill

Speaker Rivlin asked House Committee Chairman Levin (Likud) how his committee can allow this bill to get a shortcut that saves it 45 days if the government decided to withdraw their support for the bill. Levin responded that his committee and Akunis didn’t know the government changed their mind and that he should take the issue up with Prime Minister Netanyahu and Deputy Prime Minister Mofaz.

MK Akunis (Likud) slammed Mofaz and Kadima for trying to torpedo his bill. He quoted former Prime Minister Begin in his opening Knesset address in June 1977 when he invited all Vietnamese refugees to Israel. He said that 70,000 illegal immigrants are not refugees. He said that these illegals have flooded Tel Aviv, Eilat, Arad, Ashkelon, Ashdod, Netanya and Haifa. He said that he is for human rights but asked where the rights of the citizens of southern Tel Aviv are. He stressed that the Knesset was elected by them and not by the illegals. He said true social justice is taking care of our poor, not illegals. He said that these illegals live in the weakest communities and take away the communities’ jobs. He explained his amendment would toughen the restrictions that prohibit assisting the illegals by toughening punishment for those who house, employ or transport them within Israel’s borders. He said that he wishes that the courts never need to try someone but expressed the importance of it none the less. He noted the illegal housing of Bedouins in the Negev that isn’t being demolished when the Ulpana is.  He praised the government for building the fence by investing two billion shekels and assured Israelis that the 170 Kilometer fence will be completed by this fall. He praised the soldiers who do their job protecting us. He said that these illegals must be returned healthy and whole to their countries after the fence is completed. He noted his meeting with the Eritrean ambassador who assured him that every illegal can be sent back to his home without any harm coming to them.  Akunis withdrew the bill to avoid defeat.

Motion/Amendment to the Penal Code

MK Zeev (Shas) explained his amendment would prohibit disrobing or being naked in all public places with the exception of beaches with a punishment of one year of jail time. He slammed the actor Tonic Spencer for creating the naked culture in Israel. He said that this is not Sdom and Gemorah and being naked in public is simply not acceptable. He made it clear that he is not talking about partial nudity but rather full nudity. He said public pornography is not acceptable. He spent ten minutes stressing this point. He concluded by asking why many places in the United States have stronger laws on these matters than Israel.

Justice Minister Neeman said the new crime of being naked in public and the one year jail time is excessive and the government expresses their opposition to the bill. He noted that current law prohibits nudity in public in certain cases. He added that the bill isn’t written in proper legal language and is too broad. He said he would allow the matter to be discussed in committee as a motion and Zeev agreed to do so.

MK Khenin (Hadash) opposed the motion on the grounds that nudity is a democratic right of artistic expression and a Knesset discussion is problematic.

MK Horowitz (Meretz) opposed the motion on the grounds that a Knesset discussion on the topic of outlawing nudity has no place in a democratic system.

MK Zeev asked that the motion be sent to the Women’s Rights Committee.

The motion passed 12-7 and was sent to the Women’s Rights Committee.

Amendment to the National Health Insurance Bill

MK Sheetrit (Kadima) explained that the amendment will force the kupot cholim to send the ‘17 transfer form’ directly to hospitals or other medical providers instead of expecting the patient to deal with the paper work. He noted that his bill was defeated a year ago but he decided to try again. He read out a Bar Ilan University professor’s problems with the 17 transfer form. He told a personal story of how a problematic 17 transfer lead to a friend getting diagnosed with cancer a month later than he should have.

Deputy Health Minister Litzman (U.T.J.) expressed government support for the bill. He said that this situation should be resolved by January 1, 2013, and if it is not then this bill can be advanced further.

The bill passed its preliminary reading 29-0 and was sent to the Health Committee.

Establishing a Database Regarding the Product Prices in Chain Stores Bill

MK Shama (Likud) explained his original bill would create a national digital database that lists the prices of food, pharmacy and gasoline in chain stores. He said this free market bill will increase competition and lower prices. He said the ability to find the cheapest price on any product will help the weakest sectors in Israeli society.

Industry and Trade Minister Simhon (Independence) expressed government support for the bill.

The bill passed its preliminary 16-0 and was sent to the House Committee to determine which committee will prepare the bill for its first reading.

Two Amendments to the Railways Ordinance Bill

MK Rotem (Y.B.) explained his amendment would reduce the fine for driving without a local train ticket and create an appeals committee. He said Jerusalem light rail passengers are dealing with problematic issues.

MK Maklev (U.T.J.) slammed Citipass for excessively slapping fines on people. He said the absence of an appeals system is not democratic, especially since it is a private company and not the police or a local city official.

Transportation Minister Katz (Likud) expressed government support for both bills.

The first bill passed its preliminary reading 26-0 and was sent to the Finance Committee.

The second bill passed its preliminary reading 27-0 and was sent to the Finance Committee.

Motion/Amendment to the Local Authorities Bill

MK Cabel (Labor) explained the amendment would create sheltered apartments for people who are thrown out of their homes for not paying their mortgages. He noted the loophole in Israeli law that protects the homeless but not someone who lost their home because of not being able to make payments. He stressed that a former apartment owner is not eligible to receive help from the Labor and Welfare Ministry.

Deputy Finance Minister Cohen (Shas) expressed government opposition to the bill due to financial restraints but asked Cabel to turn the bill into a motion so that they can have an intensive discussion in committee to elaborate on the sensitive issue. Cabel agreed.

The motion passed 27-0 and was sent to the Welfare Committee.

Motion/Amendment to the Students’ Rights Bill

MK Barakeh (Hadash) explained his amendment would prohibit placing a conditional fee as part of an entry process to learning at a state school. He said that public school should be free and he cannot understand how the government can oppose his bill.

Deputy Education Minister Moses (U.T.J.) expressed government opposition to the bill because its provisions already exist in Israeli law. He noted the areas in Israeli law that deal with the five aspects of the bill. He stressed that no student can be turned away because of his parents’ inability to pay tuition. He noted the book borrowing program and the planned digital books program. MK Matalon (Y.B.) said this should be discussed in committee because the truth is very different than the law. MK Cabel also pressured Moses to allow a motion. Moses asked Barakeh to turn the bill into a motion to enable a committee discussion.

Barakeh responded that his bill should be passed to protect the children. He agreed to turn the bill into a motion.

The motion passed 26-0 and was sent to the Education Committee.

Amendment to the Income Tax Ordinance Bill

MK Gal-On (Meretz) explained her amendment would prohibit tax deductions for people who make more than NIS 61,000 a month. She went on to slam those who make large salaries and save money twice through tax deductions. She blasted the capitalistic government and their anti-socialist policies that protect big companies and their managers. She said that the government should not be afraid of the social justice protests and should listen to their solutions. She decided to withdraw the bill until a later date to prevent defeat.


This was the Knesset Jeremy English translation protocol of the Knesset’s June 13, 2012, session.

Official protocol in Hebrew: http://www.knesset.gov.il/plenum/data/02883212.doc

The Knesset’s Tuesday session lasted about three hours. No bills were discussed. Three motions were discussed. After many debates on the topic in the Knesset plenum over the years this was the first time the Armenian Genocide’s Anniversary was marked with an official motion.

Non-Bills Summary

  • 21 MKs gave speeches in the one minute speech segment that opened the day. Most of the speeches were by MKs who wanted to  speak on the topics of the three motions of the day but were choosing to leave Knesset early.
  • A motion on the Anniversary of the Armenian Genocide was marked by speeches from Speaker Rivlin, Environment Minister Erdan (Likud) and ten MKs.
  • A motion on the Prime Minister’s decision to approve construction of 850 housing units in Judea and Samaria was discussed by  nine MKs and Minister Erdan. The motion will be discussed further in the plenum following an 11-0 vote.
  • A motion on the efforts to persuade the President of the United States during his meeting with President Peres to free Jonathan Pollard was discussed by MK Ben Ari (N.U.) and Minister Erdan.

Bills Summary

No Bills were discussed during Day 19.


This was the Knesset Jeremy English translation protocol of the Knesset’s June 12, 2012, session.

Official protocol in Hebrew: http://www.knesset.gov.il/plenum/data/02852412.doc