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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 »

Ultra-Orthadox MK chains himself to podium prior to Knesset voting on draft bill

Knesset approves draft bill on 1st reading following heated debate.


 MKs tear shirt lapels to indicate mourning

By Moran Azulay


The Knesset plenum approved Yesh Atid‘s draft bill on first reading early Tuesday morning, prompting dramatic acts of protest by haredi legislators. Ultra-Orthodox Knesset members declared Monday a day of mourning and tore the lapels of their shirts to signify their mourning.


MK Meir Porush (United Torah Judaism) chained himself to the podium before the bill was brought to a vote. – Screenshot Knesset channel

The bill, which passed a 66-21 vote, will now be turned over to a special committee presided by MK Ayelet Shaked (Habayit Hayehudi) that will prepare the bill for second and third readings. Continue Reading »

Arab MKs Exit Quickly Before ‘Hatikva’ is Sung

Many Arab MKs rush out before Hatikva, Israel’s national anthem is played. One MK: As an Arab, the anthem oppresses & humiliates me.

Hatikva expresses the Jewish longing to return & be a free people in the Jewish homeland & in Jerusalem.

By Maayana Miskin


The 19th Knesset began work Tuesday with much fanfare. Media coverage of the emotional scenes from the end of the day, as the national anthem Hatikva played, missed one important detail: that many Arab MKs were no longer present.

A Knesset Channel camera caught one MK, the controversial Hanin Zoabi, rushing to grab her bag and leave immediately after taking her oath as an MK. Continue Reading »

Being a Member of Knesset Isn’t so Bad a Job

The MKs’ monthly salary is 38,250 shekels ($10,391) & each is given a car of his/her choosing from any of 6 models. MKs are covered in their travels abroad, either by the Knesset or, in the case of a diplomatic mission, by the Foreign Ministry…and that’s just the beginning.

Gideon Allon



The 48 new members of the 19th Knesset will soon enjoy the generous salary and benefits that come with the job.

carsMoreover, MKs are entitled to up to a NIS 4,250 ($1,155) reimbursement per year in clothing expenses, and a similar amount for foreign language studies.

In addition, each Knesset member is granted an annual budget of NIS 27,500 ($7,470) from which one may be reimbursed for a cellphone, two newspaper subscriptions, two home phone lines (one of which is a fax machine), NIS 103 ($28) per diem for food and lodging on days when Knesset sessions run long, and mailing expenses for up to 15,000 items.

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