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 »
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 »
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.
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 »