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  • Law Limiting Free Newspapers: Changing the Freedom of the Press?

    03/19/2014 5:16:55 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/3/14 | Hezki Ezra & Tova Dvorin
    Six MKs from a variety of Knesset parties proposed a controversial bill on Wednesday that would limit the distribution of free newspapers - including the popular daily Yisrael Hayom. The bill, which was proposed by MKs Eitan Cabel (Labor), Robert Ilatov (Yisrael Beytenu), Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home), Elazar Stern (Hatnua), Ariel Atias (Shas) and Yoel Razvozov (Yesh Atid), seeks to ensure "true and fair competition between newspapers." Analysts predict the law is likely to cause a brouhaha in the government, and that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will act to prevent it from passing. The law's opponents argue that the bill,...
  • Tibi Screams at Netanyahu, Harper During Speeches

    01/20/2014 10:04:52 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 20/1/14 | David Lev
    A particularly nasty debate broke out Monday evening between Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Arab MK Ahmed Tibi – as Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who was visiting the Knesset, looked on. Tibi screamed at Netanyahu, who spoke in praise of Israeli democracy, and later walked out when Harper said the same when he spoke to MKs. Speaking in Harper's presence, Netanyahu said he hoped the Arab world, including Syria, “would be able to have real parliaments, like that in Israel. In our parliament, anyone can say anything they want,” Netanyahu said. In Israel, MKs are free to scream or...
  • Arab MKs: No Way Will we Live Under the PA (Palestinian Authority)

    01/01/2014 8:54:42 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    INN ^ | 1/2/2014, 4:44 AM | Elad Benari
    Arab Knesset members reacted angrily on Wednesday to a report in the Maariv daily newspaper, which stated that Israel has suggested to the United States a plan to transfer to the Palestinian Authority (PA) areas with a dense Arab population currently inside Israel. The report specifically referred to an area known as the Triangle, located in east-central Israel, including the cities of Tayibe and Tira, in which about 300,000 Arabs live. …
  • Ministers Approve Jordan Valley Annexation

    12/29/2013 12:48:05 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 22 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 29/12/13 | Gil Ronon & Ari Soffer
    The Ministerial Committee for Legislation voted Sunday in favor of a bill that would annex the Jordan Valley and place it under full Israeli sovereignty. Four ministers voted in favor of the draft law, which was proposed Likud MK Miri Regev. Three opposed it. Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who is in charge of “peace negotiations” with the Palestinian Authority (PA) attacked the ministers who voted for the bill, and called it “an irresponsible proposal that will harm Israel and isolate it.” "Some of those who supported the bill would have opposed it, if they had known it would pass,” she...
  • "Bring Bedouins to Justice for Violence against Police"

    12/16/2013 6:56:19 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 16/12/13
    Chairwoman of the Knesset Interior and Environment Committee, MK Miri Regev said on Monday that the violent Bedouins who rioted against the Prawer proposal must be brought to justice. The police were present at the Knesset session, "At 16:15 a barrage of rocks was hurled at the police, in addition to firebombs. There were 20 arrests and 17 indictments, 50 officers were hospitalized,"...
  • Knesset Passes New Infiltrators Law (illegal immigrants to Israel jailed up to 1 year)

    12/10/2013 6:35:54 AM PST · by Olog-hai
    INN ^ | 12/10/2013, 3:46 AM | Elad Benari
    The Knesset approved late Monday night the second and third readings of the amendment to the law to prevent infiltration of illegal immigrants. 30 MKs voted in favor of the legislation and 15 opposed it. The purpose of the law, presented by Interior Minister Gideon Saar (Likud), is to prevent the entry of illegal infiltrators into Israel’s borders and add tools to deal with the phenomenon of the illegal infiltrators already residing in Israel. The law would allow police to jail illegal migrants for up to 12 months in special detention facilities. …
  • Analyst: Peres will Stay if Netanyahu Arranges It

    12/01/2013 10:37:15 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 2/12/13
    Commentator Shalom Yerushalmi wrote, Monday in Ma'ariv, that senior politicians feel that if Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu arranges another presidential term for Shim'on Peres, Peres won' leave the Presidential Residence, despite his declaration, Sunday, that he is not interested in staying. ...Netanyahu is concerned that Peres would run for Knesset and could defeat him because there no leadership figure of Peres's stature has emerged since him in the center or the left.
  • Former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman Acquitted

    11/06/2013 12:04:07 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    INN ^ | 11/6/2013, 8:53 AM | Gil Ronen
    A three-judge panel unanimously acquitted former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman of the charges against him Wednesday morning. The verdict means he can return to serve as foreign minister, but the state is expected to appeal it. “Seventeen years are over; it’s behind me,” Lieberman told reporters after the verdict. “I want to thank my family and friends who truly stood by me in all of those 17 years and gave me the support. I want to thank the defense team that did an amazing job; extraordinary.” “I do not intend to deal with this issue anymore,” he added. “This chapter...
  • Knesset to Annually Mark Gush Katif Day

    07/01/2013 1:39:24 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 1/7/13
    Due to the initiative of Coalition Chairman Yariv Levin the Knesset will mark Gush Katif Day every year starting Tuesday, "To always remember to never repeat the mistake of the Disengagement, and to keep in mind the fact that we must take responsibility for the many families still waiting to be resettled in permanent housing...
  • Knesset Speaker Shocked by UK MP's 'Jew' Remark

    06/09/2013 8:22:29 AM PDT · by Nachum · 5 replies
    inn ^ | 6/9/13 | Gil Ronen
    Knesset Speaker MK Yuli Edelstein wrote a letter of protest Sunday to his British counterpart, MP John Bercow, after a hidden camera video showed a British MP making an offensive anti-Semitic remark regarding a female IDF soldier he encountered on a visit to Israel. The MP resigned last week. "I was shocked to hear about the crude antisemitic words used by a Member of Parliament, Patrick Mercer, regarding an event during his recent trip to Israel,” wrote Edelstein. “This was a totally unacceptable comment, certainly as made by a public figure.” "This comment is merely one of a number of...
  • MK Feiglin Removed from Knesset Education Committee

    05/21/2013 2:55:57 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 11 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 21/5/13
    Chairman of the Knesset House Committee removed MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud-Beyteinu) from the Education Committee following his announcement to suspend his parliamentary coalition activity in response to being banned from the Temple Mount. Feiglin remained unfazed, "My adamant demand to enforce Israeli sovereignty on the Temple Mount in more important to me..."
  • Kerry’s Shocking Demand to Israel: Free Terrorists

    04/26/2013 5:37:35 AM PDT · by SJackson · 32 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | April 26, 2013 | P. David Hornik
    - FrontPage Magazine - http://frontpagemag.com - KerryĀ’s Shocking Demand to Israel: Free TerroristsPosted By P. David Hornik On April 26, 2013 @ 12:42 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 7 Comments It may seem amazing, but in the wake of the Boston attack the Obama administration is pressuring Israel to free terrorists guilty of particularly heinous acts of murder.On Wednesday the Knesset Ā“discussed AmericaĀ’s demand that Israel release terrorists as a good will gesture to the Palestinian Authority.Ā” The demand is part of intensive efforts by Secretary of State John Kerry to revive Israeli-Palestinian negotiations on a peace settlementĀ—efforts that are...
  • Arab MK Denounces “Israeli Apartheid” During Toronto Lecture

    04/03/2013 6:27:08 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 4/4/2013, 3:14 AM | Elad Benari
    An Arab Knesset member who visited Toronto last week claimed that there is no democracy in Israel and that Arabs are victims of Israel’s “apartheid” policy. According to a report in Shalom Toronto, MK Jamal Zahalka (Balad) made the remarks during an appearance at the “Palestine House” in Toronto in honor of the Arab Land Day, which was marked on March 30. The report said that MK Zahalka’s lecture, which was entitled “Exposing the secrets of Israeli democracy”, focused on trying to disprove what he said is the “myth” of the existence of a genuine democratic government in Israel. …
  • ‘Filth’: Here’s How Snubbed Members of Knesset Are Responding to Obama’s Jerusalem Speech

    03/22/2013 12:58:50 PM PDT · by Nachum · 19 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 3/22/13 | Sharona Schwartz
    Now that the applause has died down from President Barack Obama’s address to students in Jerusalem, Members of Knesset are coming out with their criticisms, with one lawmaker calling Obama’s speech “offensive to Netanyahu” and another saying it contained “filth.” That’s no surprise, considering that in his speech, Obama encouraged the Israeli students to push their political leaders to “take risks” for peace. This, even though the Israeli public went to the polls only two months ago to democratically elect their leaders.
  • Netanyahu’s Apology “Not Enough”, Says MK Zoabi

    03/22/2013 2:43:05 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    INN ^ | 3/22/2013, 11:22 PM | Elad Benari
    MK Hanin Zoabi (Balad), who was on the Mavi Marmara when IHH terrorists attacked IDF soldiers who boarded the ship, said Friday that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s apology to Turkey over the Marmara incident is “not enough”. Earlier, Netanyahu spoke on the phone with his Turkish counterpart and apologized for the deaths of nine Turks in a 2010 raid on the Gaza-bound flotilla. The two agreed to normalize the relations between the two countries. In response, MK Zoabi said, “We’re talking about human life and about the killing of nine political activists.” She called for the establishment of an international...
  • Republicans pressure Obama to clarify decision not to address Israeli Knesset

    03/18/2013 5:30:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Fox News ^ | 3/18/13 | Fox News
    The White House is facing pressure from House Republicans to defend President Obama's decision not to address the Knesset on his upcoming trip to Israel. A group of Republicans wrote to Obama to "commend" him for traveling to Israel but also questioning the choice not to address members of the Knesset, which they describe as "a customary and symbolic gesture that celebrates our shared democratic ideals and the special relationship between Israel and United States." The letter notes that both of Obama's most recent predecessors, President Clinton and President George W. Bush, addressed the Israeli legislative body, Bush doing so...
  • Obama to Speak in Israel, but Not in Knesset

    02/12/2013 7:40:46 AM PST · by Nachum · 21 replies
    inn ^ | 2/12/13 | Maayana Miskin
    Israel is finishing the preparations for United States President Barack Obama’s planned visit in March. Plans for Obama’s visit include a trip to Yad Vashem and to Rabin’s grave, and dinners with Netanyahu and Peres. Obama will apparently not speak in the Knesset. His staff has requested that the venue chosen for his speech be large enough for a crowd of 1,000 Israeli citizens, which the Knesset is not. Instead, Obama may speak at the Binyanei Hauma conference center in central Jerusalem. His trip will begin with an official state welcoming at the airport, complete with a red carpet and...
  • ‘Israel Thirsts to Hear Obama Directly’

    02/06/2013 5:12:52 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 51 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/2/13 | Maayana Miskin
    Acting Knesset head Binyamin (Fouad) Ben-Eliezer has asked Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to urge United States President Barack Obama to address the Knesset during his upcoming visit to Israel. “The nation of Israel definitely thirsts to hear the United States President speak to them directly,” he argued. “There is no more appropriate venue than the Knesset for the U.S. President to speak.” “I believe that this act, of a direct address to Israel in the Knesset assembly… during this visit, specifically, would carry tremendous importance,” he added. MK Reuven Rivlin, speaker of the last Knesset, agreed. “The Knesset is the...
  • Yeah - Hebron has an MK!

    02/04/2013 3:26:03 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/1/13 | David Wilder
    Well, the election is history. The results weren’t exactly what we’d have prayed for, nor were they what we expected. The polls showed slightly different results. On the other hand, despite errors similar to those made in 1992, the left-wing dream of a ’mahapach,’ that is a ’revolution,’ a changing of the guard, a total defeat of the ruling prime minister, didn’t happen. The new coalition might not be as ’right’ as the present government, but it won’t be Rabin-Peres – 1992. However, this time around, history was made. For the first time, Hebron has a representative in the Knesset....
  • Court Overrules Knesset, Lets 'Mavi Mamara' Zoabi Run

    12/30/2012 3:21:33 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 10 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/12/12 | Maayana Miskin
    The Supreme Court ruled unanimously Sunday to allow MK Hanin Zoabi (Balad) to run for Knesset, overturning a decision from the Elections Committee barring Zoabi due to her support for terrorism. Zoabi's party, Balad, had threatened an Arab boycott of the elections if the decision were upheld. Her opponents cited several incidents in which she showed support for terrorism, including her participation in an attempt to forcibly break the naval blockade on Hamas that included an attack on IDF soldiers, and her meeting with senior Hamas terrorists. The Elections Committee banned Zoabi under a clause requiring candidates and parties not...
  • 34 Parties to Run for Knesset

    12/06/2012 2:21:37 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/12/12 | David Lev
    After weeks of wrangling and infighting, all the parties that plan to run for seats in the19th Knesset have filed the names of their candidates. As of the Thursday night 10 PM deadline for filing, 34 parties had submitted lists, and received authorization from the National Election Commission to run for office. One party that will not be running for office at all is the Atzama'ut party, formerly headed by outgoing Defense Minister Ehud Barak. The party's new number one, Shalom Simhon, said Thursday night that he was dropping out of the party, and of politics. After he announced he...
  • Hamas: “We targeted Knesset, Shimon Peres”

    11/16/2012 11:49:10 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    WND ^ | 11/16/2012 | Aaron Klein
    In a new development, Hamas today said it fired a rocket toward the Knesset in Jerusalem as residents in Israel’s capital city were preparing for Shabbat. Hamas also claimed to WND they were targeting the home of Israeli President Shimon Peres. Abu Abdullah, a spokesman for Hamas’s so-called military wing, the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, told WND: “This is not the end of the surprises we can have. In some circumstances, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem will not be the last station of our targets.” …
  • PM Calls for New Elections After Budget Talks Fail

    10/09/2012 2:17:10 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 9/10/12 | David Lev
    Israel will be voting for a new Knesset in the coming months, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced Tuesday night video .....
  • Knesset member: Time for Israel to stop being apologetic

    10/08/2012 7:57:49 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 8 replies
    One News Now ^ | 10-08-12 | Chad Groening
    A member of Israel's Knesset says there's a new group of emerging young Israeli leaders who are rejecting the notion of making concessions and capitulating to terrorist nations and individuals. Danny Danon is deputy speaker of the Israeli Knesset and a member of the ruling Likud Party. His new book is called Israel: The Will to Prevail. Danon is one of Israel's emerging leaders who believe it is time for Israel to assert its sovereignty to the external forces that have mistreated the country. "I present a new approach of a young generation of Israelis who are not afraid to...
  • Israeli Parlaiment Member Rips Up New Testament

    07/21/2012 3:08:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 85 replies
    NC Register ^ | July 19, 2012 | Patrick Archbold
    Remember a while back when some Florida pastor with a bad mustache and worse manners threatened and then ultimately burned a Koran? I am sure you do. It had plenty of two things, media coverage and body count. There is another story that is likely to have neither of those things, mercifully. The Bible Society in Israel sent some copies of the New Testament to members of the Israeli Knesset with a note that said "We hope the book will help you and illuminate your way.ā€¯ MK Michael Ben Ari, with better facial hair than the aforementioned Florida Pastor but...
  • Peace Now Upset Beit El will Grow

    06/06/2012 1:22:14 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/6/12 | Gil Ronen
    Hardline nationalist MKs were upset with the Knesset vote Wednesday against the Regulation Law, but leftists were not happy with the prime minister's promises to build 300 more homes in Beit El. MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union) said angrily: "The Likud's true nature has once yet been exposed. It talks loudly about the settlement enterprise but at the same time saws at its foundations." "The Likud ministers have turned out to be cowards who prefer to run away or surrender in the face of the prime minister's threat to fire them, rather than stand behind their commitments and principles," he...
  • Peace Now Upset Beit El will Grow

    06/06/2012 1:22:14 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/6/12 | Gil Ronen
    Hardline nationalist MKs were upset with the Knesset vote Wednesday against the Regulation Law, but leftists were not happy with the prime minister's promises to build 300 more homes in Beit El. MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union) said angrily: "The Likud's true nature has once yet been exposed. It talks loudly about the settlement enterprise but at the same time saws at its foundations." "The Likud ministers have turned out to be cowards who prefer to run away or surrender in the face of the prime minister's threat to fire them, rather than stand behind their commitments and principles," he...
  • Ulpana Bill Falls, Nationalists in Coalition Cave In

    06/06/2012 4:07:16 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 5 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/6/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Nationalists in the coalition caved in and abstained from the Knesset vote Wednesday afternoon that rejected a bill to legalize five homes in the Ulpana neighborhood in Beit El, forcing the expulsion of 30 families. The vote as 22 for the bill and 69 against. Absent from the vote were all of the ministers and deputy ministers who vowed to test Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s ultimatum to vote against the bill or be fired. Among those who left the Knesset before the vote were Jewish Home leader Daniel Hershkowitz and Likud ministers Yuli Edelstein and Ayoub Kara. Prime Minister Binyamin...
  • Ulpana Bill Falls, Nationalists in Coalition Cave In

    06/06/2012 4:07:15 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 6/6/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Nationalists in the coalition caved in and abstained from the Knesset vote Wednesday afternoon that rejected a bill to legalize five homes in the Ulpana neighborhood in Beit El, forcing the expulsion of 30 families. The vote as 22 for the bill and 69 against. Absent from the vote were all of the ministers and deputy ministers who vowed to test Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s ultimatum to vote against the bill or be fired. Among those who left the Knesset before the vote were Jewish Home leader Daniel Hershkowitz and Likud ministers Yuli Edelstein and Ayoub Kara. Prime Minister Binyamin...
  • Ulpana Residents Welcome Edelstein's Statements

    05/30/2012 4:10:09 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/5/12
    The residents of the Ulpana neighborhood in Beit El welcomed on Wednesday evening the statement by Minister Yuli Edelstein, who promised that he would support a law regulating disputed Jewish communities, even if he has to pay with it by being dismissed. “We commend the minister on his absolute loyalty to the Likud platform, to morality, to the settlement enterprise in general and to the residents of the Ulpana neighborhood in particular, and call on all ministers to follow him and prevent the Israeli government from being stained by injustice,” the residents said. “Prime Minister Netanyahu must stand behind his...
  • Knesset May Vote to Legalize Outposts Monday

    05/10/2012 12:14:53 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 10/5/12 | Gil Ronen
    National Union Chairman MK Yaakov Katz announced Thursday that he intends to bring the Outposts Law that he co-authored to a vote in the Knesset plenum Monday. The move will be coordinated with Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin. The law was sponsored by Katz along with MKs Yariv Levin and Ze'ev Elkin (Likud) and David Rotem (Yisrael Beitenu). Earlier Thursday, MK Zevulun Orlev (Jewish Home) said that he has decided to place his own version of the bill up for a vote next week, in order to forestall the planned demolition of the Givat HaUlpana neighborhood in Beit El, and to...
  • Danon: Urgent Session for Passage of Authorization Law

    03/25/2012 9:12:00 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/3/12
    Deputy Knesset Speaker Danny Danon applied to Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin, Sunday, to hold a special Knesset session during the break between the winter session and the next session to pass a bill to regulate Jewish outpost communities in Judea and Samaria. Under the measure, petitioners claiming ownership of lands on which communities were built would be compensated, but the communities would not be uprooted. Responding to a Supreme Court decision rejecting a government agreement to delay the uprooting of the Binyamin-region Jewish community of Migron, he said, "The High Court is trying to prevent...
  • Israeli delegation cannot travel to U.S after MK Ben Ari denied entry visa

    03/14/2012 5:25:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 3/12/12 | Jonathan Lis
    Knesset speaker banned MK delegation after National Union MK Ben Ari's application was denied based on State Department's prerogative to ban terrorists from U.S. Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin announced Monday he is banning a delegation of MKs from attending a women's conference in Washington this month because the United States has denied entry to MK Michael Ben Ari (National Union) MKs Zahava Gal-On (Meretz), Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) and Einat Wilf (Atzmaut) were scheduled to take part in a four-day conference on women that begins March 25 and will be hosted by the U.S. Congress. They were due to sit on...
  • Op-Ed: Terrorists Beware! Your Welfare Payments are at Stake!

    02/25/2012 5:25:07 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/2/12 | Isaac Kohn
    You don't know whether to laugh or cry when you read this half-cynical article. Terrorists to Retain Half their National Insurance Benefits The Knesset's Labor, Welfare and Health Committee voted Monday in favor of a bill that would cut 50 percent off National Insurance benefits to citizens involved in serious terrorist crimes. Government lawyers had opposed cutting off all benefits to terrorists…… The bill would reduce by 50 percent the stipends to Israeli citizens who were involved in terror activity and sentenced to at least ten years in jail for it. MK Rotem said Monday, "This is a compromise.The original...
  • Danon: Tibi Belongs in Jail, Not Knesset

    01/19/2012 3:07:03 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 19/1/12 | David Lev
    MK Danny Danon (Likud) on Thursday called for the ejection from the Knesset of MK Ahmed Tibi, who termed terrorists “holy martyrs” (“shaheed”). “Tibi is a traitor and his comments incite terrorism,” said Danon. “He should be taken out of the Knesset and put behind bars.” Last week, it was revealed Wednesday, Tibi praised the Palestinian Authority’s “martyrs” at a ceremony held last week on the occasion of "Palestinian Martyrs Day” and sponsored by PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas. The ceremony, which was broadcast on official PA TV, was translated by the Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) research organization, which presented the...
  • Outpost Bill Making a Comeback

    01/03/2012 3:05:07 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/1/12 | Gavriel Queenann
    Reports of the death of Minister of Welfare and Social Services Zevulun Orlev's bill to normalize communities in Judea and Samaria may have been exaggerated. Betzalel Smotrich of the ‘Regavim’ movement told Arutz Sheva, "On the contrary, the bill is gaining momentum. We have a majority of ministers and MKs who support Orlev's bill to normalize the outposts." "We are convinced that, in a week and half, we will prevail in the Ministerial Committee for Legislation and move to legislative proceedings in the plenum," he added. Orlev's bill would forbid eviction and demolition orders for Jewish communities in Judea and...
  • Kadima Co-Founder: Break Up the Party and Start Again

    01/02/2012 2:40:55 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/1/12 | Ernie Singer
    Avigdor Yitzchaki, one of the founders of the Kadima party, expressed support, Monday, for Member of Knesset Meir Sheetrit's attempts to divide the party. Interviewed on Arutz Sheva, the former Knesset member said, "I wish him success." Referring to the other candidates for the party chair, he said, "Both Mofaz and Dichter crowned with glory and courage of their military service and security but they are not demonstrating it in politics." The Director-General of the Prime Minister's Office during Ariel Sharon's tenure as prime minister had harsh criticism for incumbent Tzipi Livni's conduct, saying she "has made very big mistakes....
  • Proposed Law to Expel ‘Fifth Column’ MKs

    12/26/2011 3:59:39 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/12/11 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Likud Knesset Member Danny Danon is preparing a proposed law to allow the Knesset to expel any member who supports terrorists or acts to undermine the country. His bill is in response to last week’s decision by Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein to close the investigation against Arab MK Hanin Zoabi, who participated in the May 2009 flotilla sponsored by the Turkish terror-linked IHH organization. Video .....
  • Report: Knesset to Recognize Armenian Genocide

    12/26/2011 3:53:33 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 17 replies · 1+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 26/12/11 | Elad Benari
    Israel is set to join France and recognize the 1915 Armenian genocide, according to a report Sunday on Channel 10 News. The report said that the Knesset’s Education Committee will hold a discussion on Monday regarding an initiative presented by MKs Aryeh Eldad (National Union) and Zehava Gal-on (Meretz) to recognize the Armenian genocide. According to the report, the committee is expected to pass the initiative, though it is still unclear what the exact wording will be and whether the term genocide or disaster will be used. The Armenian Genocide is also called the Armenian Massacres. Armenians call it the...
  • Hershkowitz Slams Likud Ministers 'Who Serve the Left'

    11/13/2011 11:45:29 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 1 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/11/11 | Gil Ronen
    Minister of Science and Technology Daniel Hershkowitz (Jewish Home) used uncharacteristically blunt words to condemn Likud ministers who opposed the bill that would make Supreme Court nominees subject to parliamentary hearings before confirmation. He said they were "serving the Left" by opposing the vetting process. The bill, which was initiated by MKs Yariv Levin and Ze'ev Elkin (Likud), will be debated at the Ministerial Committee for Legislation next week. It was supposed to be debated today (Sunday) but the controversy around it caused the discussion to be postponed by one week. "It is strange that ministers from the Likud are...
  • Arab Party Under Fire for Funding Marmara Terrorists

    11/03/2011 4:44:51 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/11/11 | Elad Benari
    The Arab Ra’am party came under fire on Thursday over the State Comptroller’s report, which found that the faction used public taxpayer funding to pay for engraved plaques, which it awarded to six terrorists who took part in the assault on IDF soldiers on board the Mavi Marmara. The 5,000 shekel payment was placed under the item for "expenditures for maintaining contact with the party's supporters and voters," according to a State Comptroller report on Knesset members' expenditures which was released earlier on Thursday. The faction is represented by MKs Ibrahim Sarsour and Masoud Ghanayem, and constitutes half of the...
  • Knesset Approves 'Anti-Terror Law'

    08/03/2011 2:07:27 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 3 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/8/11 | Gil Ronen
    The Knesset approved in the first reading Wednesday a government-sponsored law that would organize and reframe the legal means for fighting terrorist organizations. Some parts of the law will replace some of the British-era emergency orders of 1945, which are no longer deemed necessary. It is intended to give modern tools for the prevention of the existence and operation of terror organizations, for disrupting the organizational and financing infrastructures that maintain them, for catching perpetrators and bringing them to justice. The law would provide a mechanism for declaring a group a terror organization, including the possibility of declaring an institution,...
  • MKs Seek Probe of Tanker Pacific 'Trade' with Iran

    05/30/2011 11:33:08 AM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 2 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 30/5/11 | Chana Yaar
    Lawmakers are calling on the government to launch an investigation into allegations that Singapore-based Tanker Pacific Ltd. owned by Israeli businessman Sammy Ofer, has been involved in doing business with Iran. Last week the U.S. State Department leveled an allegation that the Ofer Brothers Group had sold an oil tanker to an Iran-based company. In addition, an Israeli financial magazine reported that seven of the firm's vessels had docked in the Islamic Republic over the past decade. The Calcalist published a report revealing the information on Sunday, creating a firestorm among Knesset members as well as top officials, including Prime...
  • "Obama is the new Arafat!": Knesset

    05/19/2011 11:42:09 AM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 85 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 19 MAY 11 | GIL HOFFMAN
    Right wing MKs: Obama is the new Arafat By GIL HOFFMAN Danon, Ben-Ari outraged by US president's call for creation of Palestinian state on '67 lines; Livni says plan in Israel's interests. Knesset members on the Right expressed outrage on Thursday night at US President Barack Obama's call for the creation of a Palestinian state based on the 1967 lines with mutually agreed swaps in an exchange of territory for security. They called upon Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to reject Obama's plan when he meets with him on Friday in Washington. "Barack Hussein Obama adopted the staged plan for Israel's...
  • Danon: If J Street Fights Israel, We'll Fight Back

    03/23/2011 8:49:08 PM PDT · by Nachum · 13 replies
    Arutz 7 ^ | 3/23/11 | Elad Benari and Hezki Ezra
    The Knesset’s Immigration, Absorption and Diaspora Affairs Committee held a special discussion on Wednesday on the subject of J Street, the supposedly pro-Israel organization which in fact is sympathetic towards terror groups such as Hamas. “The committee’s conclusion is very loud and clear,” committee chair MK Danny Danon told Israel National News. “You cannot be pro-Israel if you work against the interests of the State of Israel.” Danon noted that “J Street is pro-Palestinian. It’s not a pro-Israeli organization. We told the people who came to the discussion, especially those who came from Washington, that they have to be Zionist...
  • Knesset Strips MK Zoabi of Privileges over Flotilla

    07/13/2010 12:32:55 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies
    inn ^ | 7/13/10 | Maayana Miskin
    The Knesset agreed Tuesday evening in a 34-16 vote to strip freshman MK Hanin Zoabi of three privileges. The move was a response to Zoabi's participation in a flotilla that attempted to dock in Gaza in defiance of Israel's naval blockade of Hamas. Zoabi has lost the following privileges: use of a diplomatic passport, government participation in legal fees, and enhanced freedoms regarding international travel. Following the vote, Zoabi and her fellow Balad party MK Jamal Zahalka nearly came to blows with Kadima MKs Yoel Hasson and Carmel Shama. Knesset workers intervened to subdue the argument.
  • Knesset Speaker 'Very Worried' by Applause for Biden

    03/11/2010 10:57:53 AM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies · 712+ views
    INN ^ | 3/11/10 | Gil Ronen and Hillel Fendel
    sraelNN.com) Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin (Likud) said Thursday he was “very worried” by the applause that a Tel Aviv University audience gave Vice President Joe Biden when he expressed his condemnation of construction in the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood of Jerusalem. “I am concerned about the erosion of the red lines we set for ourselves and the lessening of the understanding of Israel's strategic needs, about which there can be no compromise,” he said. The moment Rivlin referred to can be seen in the accompanying video, when Biden says that Palestinian Authority leaders' “commitment to peace” is “an opportunity that must...
  • ‘Boycott Britain,’ Suggests Israeli Legislator

    12/17/2009 8:09:43 AM PST · by Tzvi INN.com · 7 replies · 382+ views
    Israel National News ^ | December 17, 2009 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    Kadima Knesset Member Ronit Tirosh has called on government officials to stop flying British Airways and has suggested an Israeli boycott of British goods. Knesset Speaker Ruby Rivlin of the Likud backed her idea. MK Tirosh's initiative is in retaliation for the British government’s recommendation that its Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs label Jewish products made in Judea and Samaria as "Israeli settlement produce."
  • Is US Envoy Mitchell Interfering in Knesset Policy?

    11/11/2009 7:55:54 PM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies · 232+ views
    INN ^ | 11/11/09 | Maayana Miskin
    (IsraelNN.com) MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) has been engaged in a battle to honor former MK Rabbi Meir Kahane, who was murdered in New York City in 1990, by giving a memorial speech from the Knesset podium. On Wednesday, it was revealed that Ben-Ari's struggle has drawn opposition from well beyond the Knesset, and that U.S. envoy George Mitchell has taken an interest in the matter. Arutz Sheva quotes unnamed sources that said that Mitchell reportedly sent a message via the American embassy asking Knesset speaker Reuven Rivlin if he planned to approve Ben-Ari's request to speak about Kahane in...
  • Question About Israel

    05/26/2009 7:22:35 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 1 replies · 189+ views
    I read somewhere that one can read on the Knesset a motto that sounds like "peace through science" or "peace through progress". I've been in the Knesset's website but I cannot find anything similar. Does any body have any idea what I'm talking about? Thanks