Tag Archive for Knesset

Israel passes law that deducts funds to PA equal to ‘Pay to Slay’ pensions

Israel’s Knesset [parliament] passes long debated law that will permit deduction of funds from tax revenues it transfers to the Palestinian Authority, equal to PA’s ‘terror payments’ annual budget.

By i24NEWS


The Israeli parliament on Monday passed a law that will slash tax transfers to the Palestinian Authority (PA) unless welfare payments to convicted terrorists and their families are stopped.

First mooted by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu two years ago, it sailed through the Knesset with 87 votes in favor and just 15 against.

Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jail, all paid generous monthly stipends by the PA.  – Palestinian propaganda blog

Israel collects tax from Palestinians in the West Bank and then transfers the funds to the PA. Continue Reading »

Israel’s anti-PA, Pay-to-Slay bill goes to final vote in Knesset

Israel’s Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee votes on a bill meant to discourage Abbas’ Palestinian Authority from continuing to reward terrorists with pensions.
– Defense Committee chairman Avi Dichter, “Israel will no longer be a pipeline for transferring money to terrorists.”



A bill meant to discourage the Palestinian Authority from continuing to pay terrorists can go to a final vote, after the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee authorized it on Monday.

The legislation requires the government to deduct the amount that the Palestinian Authority pays terrorists from the taxes and tariffs Israel collects for the PA, and is backed by MKs from the coalition and much of the opposition. Continue Reading »

Israel moves to acknowledge Armenian Genocide by the Turks

Similar motions to recognize the Armenian Genocide have been put to the Knesset for a vote, but unlike in the past when the gov’t required the coalition to vote against it out of concern for relations with Turkey, this time, Netanyahu’s gov’t did not respond to the motion.



The Knesset will hold a vote on whether to recognize the Armenian Genocide, after approving Meretz chairwoman Tamar Zandberg’s motion for the agenda on the subject Wednesday.

Tamar Zandberg is a Knesset Member and chairwoman of Meretz – Photo: Mr. Kate, Wikimedia

“This is our moral and historic obligation,” Zandberg said. Continue Reading »

Israel passes law allowing PM & Defense Minister to declare war

As Israel’s Knesset begins its summer session, propose law spearheaded by Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Avi Dichter passes, 62 MKs to 41, permitting only the PM & DM to give green light in declaration of war.
• Justice Minister Shaked, “We must adapt ourselves to the present state security requirements.”
• Joint List MK Aida Touma-Suleiman, “The bill will enable two people to take not only the State of Israel into war, but all the countries in the region.”

By Moran Azulay and Shahar Hay


The Knesset passed a law Monday evening that will transfer authority from the government to the cabinet—and in some case to the prime minister and defense minister only—to declare war and to launch military operations. Continue Reading »

Superman to fly to Israel for Knesset visit

Superman actor of the 1990s, Dean Cain, may save the day this Wednesday when he’ll attend a Knesset event saluting Israel at the invitation of his friend, Zionist Union MK Hilik Bar.

By Amihai Attali


With the recent crisis surrounding the IDF draft bill, the Knesset seems in dire need of a superhero. This coming Wednesday, it seems, the Israeli parliament will get one.

Actor Dean Cain, world renowned for portraying the Man of Steel, Superman, in the seminal nineties television series Lois and Clark, will visit the Knesset Wednesday to express his support of Israel in a conference organized by Deputy Knesset Speaker MK Hilik Bar. Continue Reading »

Israel passes first hurdle in Knesset to legalize cannabis

Israel’s Minister of Public Security is spearheading effort to end criminal proceeding for the use of marijuana in private. With the bill having passed unanimously in its first reading in the Knesset, it’s highly likely, average citizens caught with grass will no longer be stigmatized as criminals.



A bill that would legalize the use of cannabis passed unanimously in its first reading in the Knesset on Wednesday.

Currently, the law prohibits the usage of cannabis.

The new bill focuses on public enforcement: those caught with cannabis in public are subject to various fines: on the first offense, 1000 NIS and 2000 NIS for the second offense. Continue Reading »

PA demands bodies of 5 Hamas terrorists recovered from terror tunnel be returned

Abbas’ PA government decries holding the bodies of the 5 dead terrorists is part Israel’s collective punishment policy “against the Palestinian people and the families of the shaheedim [Muslim martyrs]” and a “violation of all international humanitarian and moral laws.”

By Mordechai Sones


The Palestinian Authority blasted Israel after the Knesset gave preliminary approval to a bill which would allow the IDF and Israel Police to hold the remains of Arab terrorists indefinitely, circumventing a Supreme Court ruling.

The bill was submitted by MK Bezalel Smotrich (Jewish Home), and is similar to a proposal by MK Anat Berko (Likud). Continue Reading »

Israel’s Culture Minister says to MK Zoabi (in Arabic): “Go to Gaza, traitor!”

Israel’s Culture Minister Miri Regev, Likud MK Hazan clash with Arab parliamentarian after she accuses opposition of hypocrisy over its failure to stand up against racism.
– Knesset Member Hazan to Zoabi, “You should go to prison and sit behind bars.” 

By Moran Azulay


Knesset Member Hanin Zoabi of the Arab Joint List was slammed Wednesday by Culture Minister Miri Regev and Knesset Member Oren Hazan of the Likud party after accusing the opposition of hypocrisy over its failure to stand up against racism as it does against corruption issues.

Minister Miri Regev (R), MK Hanin Zoabi (C), MK Oren Hazan (L) – Photos: knesset.gov.il

“You should have boarded the Marmara again and travelled to Gaza,” Minister Regev said to Zoabi during a Knesset discussion on a bill barring police from making recommendations on indictments against public figures. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Def. Minister & Yisrael Beytenu head Lieberman advances death penalty for terrorists

Israel’s Defense Minister, “Every additional terrorist who enters prison alive creates an incentive for more attacks. To all those who claim the death penalty is unacceptable, I would like to remind you that a Boston court sentenced to death a terrorist who carried out an attack,” calling Massachusetts “the most liberal state” in the U.S.

By Gideon Allon


The Israel Beytenu faction on Wednesday will present a bill that would apply the death penalty to terrorists convicted of murder to the Knesset plenum for a preliminary hearing.

The Knesset, located in Jerusalem, Capital of Israel – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

At a faction meeting on Monday, Defense Minister and Israel Beytenu leader Avigdor Lieberman said, “Every additional terrorist who enters prison alive creates an incentive for more attacks. Continue Reading »

Analysis: Israeli law seizing Palestinian property applicable to international standards

Unlike “the racist legislation of the Palestinian Authority which imposes the death penalty in case of sale of land to Jews,” the state said, the law provides the Palestinian landowners with their only option, to receive generous renumeration for their property.



The Settlements Regulation Law which seizes private Palestinian property meets both Israeli and international legal standards, the state said on Monday evening.

It presented a lengthy brief on the legislation to the High Court of Justice. In a rare move the brief was penned by an outside consultant attorney Harel Arnon.

Israel’s High Court of Justice, with Knesset in background, Jerusalem – Photo: ISRAELTOURISM/Wikimedia

Attorney General Avihai Mandelblit has sided with the petition to the HCJ by a consortium of 13 non-governmental groups against the legislation. Continue Reading »

IDF Chief: Stopping the transfer of weapons to Hezbollah is IDF’s “top priority”


Speaking at the Knesset, IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot reports Hezbollah’s rockets are not particularly accurate at the moment, and under the nose of UNIFIL forces,  Hezbollah continues to violate UN resolution 1701, so the IDF’s “top priority” is to keep Hezbollah from improving the accuracy of its missiles.




Eleven years after the Second Lebanon War, stopping Hezbollah from improving the accuracy of its missiles and rockets is the “top priority” of the army, IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot stated Wednesday.

Speaking at the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, Eisenkot stated that IDF has used the time since the Second Lebanon War to dramatically improve its abilities and now has better intelligence and operational capabilities than ever before. Continue Reading »

Knesset and U.S. Congress to jointly celebrate 50 years of Jerusalem’s reunification


Being hosted by Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, the reunification of Jerusalem celebration was organized by Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer, with all the Members of Knesset, Congress, Senate invited.



The Knesset and the Congress will jointly mark 50 years since the reunification of Jerusalem in an event scheduled to be broadcast on live video link between the two legislatures next Tuesday. The move could be viewed as tacit recognition by the White House of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and spark controversy.

VP Pence with President Trump. – Screen Shot: White House/YouTube

Sources told The Jerusalem Post that either President Donald Trump or Vice President Mike Pence will participate in the event on Capitol Hill, alongside Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, its host. Continue Reading »

MK Regev blasts Arab MK Tibi in Knesset over ‘Nakba’ Bill


Israel’s Culture Minister clashes with Joint List bill to promote Nakba Day, reminding the Arab Knesset members, ‘You would not want to live anywhere else in the Middle East.’

By Arutz Sheva Staff


The Knesset plenum held a debate on the bill proposed by MK Ahmed Tibi (Joint Arab List) to hold an official memorial day in Israel for the Nakba (translated: ‘Catastrophe’), when the Arab nations failed in their attempt to destroy the nascent Jewish State in 1948.

Tibi and Regev clash at the Knesset- – Knesset TV

Culture Minister Miri Regev, who spoke in response to the bill on behalf of the government, slammed the Arab Knesset members and accused them of hypocrisy. Continue Reading »

Knesset passes bill baring entry into Israel of foreigners who support boycotting Israel


Newly passed legislation will prevent foreign individuals and/or organizations that have called or supported a boycott of Israel, from receiving an entry visa or residency permit, and prohibits foreigners from operating within the lands of the State of Israel to advance boycott, divestment or sanctions against Israel.

By i24NEWS


The Israeli Knesset on Monday evening passed a controversial law that bans the issuing of visas and residency permits to foreign citizens who call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel, effectively banning them from being able to visit the Israel.

The Knesset, located in Jerusalem, capital of Israel – Photo: IsraelandStuff/PP

The law will apply to any foreign citizen who publicly calls for a boycott of the State of Israel or works for an organization supporting a boycott. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Defense Minister calls to shun Joint List for boycotting Peres’ funeral


Joint List Chairman slams Lieberman’s initiative to have gov’t Knesset members walk out during Knesset speeches by Joint List MKs because of their refusal to attend or participate in Shimon Peres’s funeral.

By Itamar Eichner


Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman has requested from Coalition Leader MK David Bitan to sanction a decision demanding that the coalition boycott the Joint List in the Knesset.

Joint Arab List

The initiative was formed shortly after the Joint List presided over a boycott of the funeral of Israel’s former President Shimon Peres.

The Yisrael Beytenu leader said that the decision to boycott Peres’s funeral constituted the crossing of a red line and that a decision must be taken to boycott speeches and appearances of its members during a full Knesset session. Continue Reading »