Tag Archive for Knesset

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 »

Israeli parliamentarians seek to expedite completion of W.Bank security wall

New bill in Israel’s Knesset seeks to designate completion of security wall protecting Judea & Samaria as a “high-priority national project,” to be finished within 18 month saying, ‘Incomplete fence main cause of terrorist infiltrations.’

By Gideon Allon


A new bill introduced Thursday strives to facilitate completing the construction of the security fence in Judea and Samaria by 2018. The legislation proposal was presented by Zionist Union MK Omer Bar Lev, with the backing of 20 Zionist Union lawmakers.

A section of the Judea and Samaria security wall [Archive] – Photo: Reuters

Bar Lev explained that over the past few years, and especially during the current wave of terrorism, Palestinian terrorists have been able to infiltrate Israel through the incomplete sections in the security fence. Continue Reading »

Israel amends ‘Flag and Emblem Law’: Flag burners can now get 3 years in jail

Israel’s Knesset amends state’s Flag and Emblem Law (1949), which now categorizes desecrating the national flag as a criminal offense, punishable by ₪58,400 shekel fine, or up to 3 years in jail.

By Gideon Allon


The Knesset on Monday passed an amendment to Israel’s Flag and Emblem Law (1949) that will make burning the Israeli flag a criminal offense punishable by a 58,400 shekel (about $15,100) fine or up to three years in jail.

Flag burning in east Jerusalem [Archive] – Photo: Lior Mizrahi

The amendment passed a second and third hearing by a majority of 38 MKs to 12. Continue Reading »

Israeli legislators bring bill to Knesset due to Facebook’s indifference to incitement


The anti-Facebook legislation would enable courts to force the social media platforms to immediately remove the posted content Israel deems to be promoting terrorism.



Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked and Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan took their fight against Facebook to a new level on Tuesday, publicizing a proposed bill for removing terrorism-promoting content from the Internet and various social media platforms.

Facebook – Photo: REUTERS

Israel’s Legislative Architects on the ‘War on Terror’


In recent years, mainly due to the increase in Europe’s radical Islamic terrorism, Israeli jurists have become the world’s most in-demand lecturers in dealing with counter-terrorism legislation.

By Tova Tzimuki


Of all of Israel’s specialties, one field of exports is matchless, and global demand for it only continues to grow: the war on terror.

Last week, Deputy Attorney General Raz Nazari completed the drafting of a bill to combat terrorism. This task was remarkably complex, as the facts did not cease changing, the challenges and requirements kept being modified, and time and time again, Nazari had to update the wording to adapt to the current situation and the recent wave of terrorism. Continue Reading »

Kuwait seeks resolution to expel Israel’s Knesset from Int’l Parliamentary Union


MK Nachman Shai, head of the Israeli delegation to the IPU, expressed doubts that such an initiative could succeed, saying, “It seems unlikely. We have good ties in the IPU, at the level of the secretary-general & chairman, and I think our status there is good.”



The Arab Inter-Parliamentary Union on Monday voted to move to expel the Knesset from the international IPU due to the “racist laws”’ it allegedly legislates.

Knesset plenum – Photo Gil Yochanan

The IPU is an international organization for parliaments from all over the world, which works in collaboration with the UN. Continue Reading »

New Israel law limits local bankers’ salaries to $658,000 per year


Knesset limits bank executives’ salaries to 2.5 million shekels per/year with a new, stringent law that ‘deals with the problem of morals & values concerning excessive salaries.’

By Arutz Sheva Staff


The Knesset has passed a law capping the annual salaries of bank executives at 2.5 million shekels ($658,000 US), described as among the world’s toughest such restrictions.

Israeli 100 New Shekels currency notes

The law, approved late Monday, says no salary in the financial sector can be more than 35 times that of the lowest-paid worker in the same company, with a ceiling of 2.5 million shekels.

A statement issued just before midnight, quoting Finance Committee Chair Moshe Gafni (UTJ), said the law “deals with a problem of morals and values concerning the excessive salaries of those who undertake to manage the public’s money.” Continue Reading »

Israel’s Knesset to propose Death Penalty legislation for convicted terrorists


The controversial proposal from former FM Avigdor Lieberman would enable courts to sentence convicted terrorists to death.

By David Rosenberg


The Ministerial Committee for Legislation is set to discuss on Sunday a controversial proposal from former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman that would enable courts to sentence convicted terrorists to death.

If passed, the legislation would enable military courts to sentence terrorists convicted of attacks “intended to kill citizens for political, national, religious, or ideological purposes.”

The law would also require only a majority, rather than a unanimous decision, to sentence terrorists to death. It would also prohibit reducing the sentence once it has been finalized. Continue Reading »

Israel’s Deputy FM reveals Jerusalem’s secret ties with Indonesia to Arab MK Tibi


Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely tells Arab MK Tibi there is “continuous contact” between Israel & Indonesia, and because their FM blatantly violated a breach of diplomatic code, she wasn’t allowed to enter Israel.


Israel ahs unofficial diplomatic ties with Indonesia, Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely said, responding Wednesday to a parliamentary question from MK Ahmed Tibi (Joint List) about Israel denying Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi entry to the Palestinian Authority.

Israeli and Indonesian flags – Photo: ING IMAGE/ASAP

Israel barred Marsudi from visiting her Palestinian counterpart Riyad al-Malki in Ramallah and dedicating the first honorary Indonesian consulate in the Palestinian Authority Sunday, because she did not plan to meet with Israeli officials. Continue Reading »

Israel’s AG gives ‘OK’ to relocate terrorists’ families within West Bank

Israel’s Attorney General suggests relocating terrorists’ families within Judea & Samaria, arguing that expulsions to Syria or Gaza, proposed by Transportation Minister Israel Katz, violate int’l law and may expose Israel to charges at the ICC.

By Tova Tzimuki & Itamar Eichner


After expressing his stance that the expulsion of the families of terrorists to Gaza or to Syria contravenes international law and would expose Israel to the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Attorney General Avcihai Mandelblit has decided to allow the government to expel families within the West Bank.

Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu – Photo: Marc Israel Sellem

Mandelblit is expected to inform Prime Minister Netanyahu that the expulsion of families from one city to another within the West Bank will be allowed, but only in cases where it can be shown that the family knew in advance of their relative’s intentions. Continue Reading »