‘Children die while you focus on haredim’

Knesset members give go-ahead to quickened ratification of bill aiming to move up election; MK Gafni accuses legislators of being unfairly preoccupied with haredim


Photos By: Ohas Zwigenberg, Ofer Amram, Haim Tzach, Ido Erez


The Knesset’s House Committee on Monday gave the green light to accelerate the ratification of a bill calling for the dissolution of the parliament.

The session quickly turned stormy as Knesset members debated the issue, as well as another piece of legislation that has found itself in the center of the political tumult – the Tal Law, which effectively grants army service exemptions to haredim.

MK Moshe Gafni (United Torah Judaism) was called to order three times before being forced to leave the meeting. Gafni accused the legislators of being unfairly preoccupied with the ultra-Orthodox sector while ignoring other burning issues.

“Haredim are the only thing on your mind,” the religious Knesset member yelled as he left the session. “You should address education first. You should learn from us how to educate. Violence is rampant, children are murdered, and all you can talk about is the Tal Law. I’m sick of it.”

With the House Committee’s approval, the Knesset is to vote on the parliament dissolution bill later Monday. The Ministerial Committee on Legislative Affairs approved the bill earlier in the day.


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By Moran Azulay